Sanders introduces bill to make college tuition-free

Published: Jun. 15, 2023 at 6:48 AM EDT
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WASHINGTON (WCAX) - Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders remains firm in his conviction that attending college should be free.

Sanders on Wednesday joined other senators in introducing the College for All Act of 2023. The measure, first introduced in 2015, would allow students to attend public colleges and universities tuition and debt-free. The same goes for the majority of students at BIPOC institutions, such as historically Black colleges and universities.

Sanders says higher education should be a right for all.

“Today, this country tells young people to get the best education they can, and then saddles them for decades with crushing student loan debt. To my mind, that does not make any sense whatsoever,” Sanders, I-Vermont, said in a statement. “In the wealthiest country in the history of the world, a higher education should be a right for all, not a privilege for the few.”

Vermont Sen. Peter Welch is a co-sponsor.