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For Some Republicans, Trump’s Higher-Ed Proposals Reflect ‘Lost Opportunity’

Less than a month before Election Day, the Republican presidential nominee Donald J. Trump introduced some ideas for reforming higher education.

But the measures, which include a new formula for income-based repayment of student loans, have surprised political and policy analysts for their substance and for their late timing, compared with Mr. Trump’s political rivals.

While the Democratic nominee, Hillary Clinton, explained her own plans to offer tuition-free college long ago, the Trump campaign had been promising for months to provide details on how the candidate would make college more affordable for students. Even two of Mr. Trump’s Republican rivals, Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida and Jeb Bush, a former governor of that state, laid out more extensive higher-education proposals early in the primary campaign.