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Free College Tuition in Oregon?
This is a parent's dream solution to their children's college education but only if the kids want to go to Oregon for college. While this may not be their primary choice for schools, depending on the education needed is worth a look to avoid the high cost of college!
While it is still in the embryonic stages, the state is looking at the free tuition concept based on a similar model already in play in Australia. Students and other interested parties have been able to lobby the State legislators and a commission has been created to come up with a pilot program by 2015.
The debt of America's students is the worse it has ever been because of the economy and lack of jobs, yet the student's have on average, $30,000 in loan debt to pay and their monthly payments have just doubled.
The program, if it comes to pass, is called, Pay It Forward. It allows students to attend state colleges and universities tuition and loan free. Seems to good to be true, however, students would have 3% of their post-graduation paychecks deducted for 25 years. The money would go into a fund to pay for other future students. The startup costs are $9 billion. How the plan might work is that if a graduate earned $600,000 after school in a period of 25 years, the amount taken out for repay the college system would be $18,000. If the student happened to be very successful and earn $2.5 million in that time, he would repay through deductions, $75,000 for his degree. So, the more you make, they more you pay. If the graduate someone earned nothing, they would have a free, but useless degree and pay nothing.
The plan would also be available for those going to community colleges on two years degrees. They would pay 1.5% with each paycheck, not 3%, for a four year degree. If the student did not finish or graduate, they would pay a prorated portion of their incomes.
The concept is brilliant and a way to help students get an education and paying it back depending on how successful their post college lives are. The hardest part is the $9 billion needed in startup costs to carry it until the first grads enter the workforce.