How does a free college degree sound? And, no, you won't have to go all the way to Germany to get it.
In a video posted Thursday evening (January 8) to Facebook, President Obama proposed making the first two years of community college free "for anyone who's willing to work for it."
That's right. Zero dollars if you've got the grades to earn it.
Considering the average college student graduates with over $28,000 in student loan debt, shaving a few thousand off the top sounds pretty great.
"Put simply, what I'd like to do is to see the first two years of community college free for everyone who’s willing to work for it," Obama said while aboard Air Force One. "It's something that we can accomplish, and it's something that'll train out workforce so that we can compete with anybody in the world."
"I think everyone understands [education] is the key to success for our kids in the 21st Century. But what we also understand is, it's not just for kids," Obama continued. "We also have to make sure everybody has the opportunity to constantly train themselves for better jobs, better wages, better benefits."
Obama filmed the video as part of a preview for his pre-State of the Union tour. He formally laid out the proposal Friday (January 9) during a speech in Tennessee.
Here is what the America's College Promise proposal hopes to accomplish:
Hard Work That Pays Off. Students who attend at least half-time, maintain a 2.5 GPA while in college, and make steady progress toward completing their program will have their tuition eliminated.
A Higher-Quality Community College Program. Community colleges will be expected to offer programs that fully transfer to local public four-year colleges and universities or occupational training programs that lead to degrees and certificates that are in demand among employers.
Sharing The Cost Responsibility With States. Federal funding will cover three-quarters of the average cost of community college. States that choose to participate will be expected to contribute the remaining funds necessary to eliminate community college tuition for eligible students.
Do you think the proposal is a good idea? Cast your vote in our survey over at Get Schooled.