Free College Tuition Is Slowly Becoming A Reality

Matt Lillywhite

New Mexico's government recently attempted a first-of-its-kind experiment to provide free college tuition to all state residents. According to The New York Times, "A new state law approved in a rare show of bipartisanship allocates almost 1 percent of the state's budget toward covering tuition and fees at public colleges and universities, community colleges and tribal colleges. All state residents, from new high school graduates to adults enrolling part-time, will be eligible regardless of family income. The program is also open to immigrants regardless of their immigration status."

Both Democrats and Republicans were eager to reach a bipartisan agreement to make free college tuition a reality for New Mexicans. Despite the state legislature being controlled by Democrats, a group of Republicans crossed party lines to ensure the legislation would pass. The legislation, which aims to recognize college as a public resource, goes into force in July. It's worth mentioning that the free college tuition legislation for New Mexico involves incarcerated and undocumented immigrants and Native Americans from tribal nations whose borders extend into adjacent states, such as the Navajo Nation in Arizona.

In other states, free college tuition is also becoming a reality. Governor Janet Mills, a Democrat from Maine, has suggested making two years of community college free for recent high school graduates. If passed, this would mean that free tuition would be available in 60 percent of states, per CNBC.

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