GREENFIELD Mass. (WWLP) – The state of Oregon is one step closer to providing free community college to many of its residents.
Many people in Franklin County told 22News they’d love to see something similar adopted in Massachusetts, especially with the rising cost of getting a college education nowadays.
In Oregon, a bill just passed the legislature that would make community college free for eligible students by paying what federal grants won’t cover. One Greenfield resident told 22News, she’d love to see a program like this so that her daughter will have more opportunities without the debt.
Greenfield resident Tabitha Rantanen told 22News, “That would be good if I knew she would be able to make something of her life much easier and if she wanted to further her education, it would be easier because she wouldn’t have to pay for community college first.”
Now, a program like this would require funding from taxpayer dollars, however it isn’t stopping people from talking about the prospects of seeing free community college.
Oregon is the second state to offer this kind of a program. Tennessee passed a similar state-wide program back in 2014.