The “free community college” movement is gaining steam at both the state and the federal level. Led by Tennessee, several states have already enrolled thousands of students in no-tuition community college programs, and President Barack Obama has pushed for free tuition throughout 2015.
But many worry the focus on tuition detracts attention away from myriad other reasons why community college students fail to complete their studies. Difficulty balancing school with personal commitments — and a lack of understanding about which classes to take — are powerful factors working against student success. Easing a student’s financial burden can be a tremendous help, but it doesn’t address other pressing concerns.
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