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Bernie Sanders Pushes Bill That Offers Free Tuition for Public Colleges in the US

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Bernie Sanders has done it again, and this time he is back with the support of other legislators. The senator has once again proposed a bill that could possibly make college education free in public universities and colleges. After his attempt to provide free college education in 2015 failed, he is once again bringing the issue into the public eye.

Last Monday, Senator Sanders presented a bill known as the “College for All Act”. The bill is aimed towards providing a tuition-free college grant to students whose family income is below $125,000 per year. Aside from that, the bill also suggests that community colleges should also be tuition-free. Furthermore, it will lessen the interest rate on student loans by half.

This will benefit not only the new and current college students but also those who have finished college but are still paying their student loan. Former students who are still paying their debts will be allowed to have their debts refinanced so that they can have the current rate.
“Education is a right and education should be free to all regardless of race, class, background or socioeconomic status” This is what the United States Student Association is fighting for, as mentioned in a live video posted by U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders on his Facebook page.

“We need millions of students to stand up and tell Trump and the Republican leadership, ‘Sorry, we are not going to leave college $100,000 in debt while you give tax breaks to billionaires.” These were the strong statements given by the Senator. In his campaign for free education, Sanders has found allies with Sen. Elizabeth Warren, Sen. Kamala Harris, Sen. Richard Blumenthal, Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand who will be co-sponsoring the bill, while Rep. Pramila Jayapal, Rep. Keith Ellison, and Rep. Keith Ellison will be sponsoring the House companion bill.
Free college is not something new. In fact, there are other states that had already pioneered such programs. There are an almost equal number of both democratic and republican states that have taken a step towards providing affordable education for all.

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