Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders was met with applause at the Democratic National Convention when he spoke of the college debt.
“This election is about the thousands of young people I have met all over this country- the thousands that I have met who have left college deeply in debt and tragically the many others who cannot afford to go to college,” Bernie said in his speech.
In his speech, Bernie also announced that he and Hillary had come together to work on a proposal that would guarantee free college tuition for students.
“We have come together on a proposal that will revolutionize in America. It will guarantee that the children of any family in this country with an annual income of 125,000 dollars a year or less- 83% of our population will be able to go to a public college or university…tuition free,” Bernie said.
College is now one of the largest expenses families have,second only to buying a house. With tuition, housing, textbooks, and other incidental costs a public university could run you 20,000 dollars a year or more, and a private university can set you back 70 grand.
Paying college tuition can be a major burden for families, but under Sander’s plan, it would put a huge burden on the states. States would be required to pick up 1/3 of a student’s tuition, leaving them with a 23 billion dollar tab. States would have to decide whether to raise taxes or cut other programs in order to cover the cost.
All the details of the Bernie/Clinton plan have yet to be ironed out, but News 5 went to the University of South Alabama today in order to see what students thought of the proposal.
We talked to six students and we got a diverse range of answers- three students said yes, two said no, and one was undecided.
The issue is still up for debate and support for the idea is split in Washington, DC.