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Tuition-Free College Debate Gathers Steam En Route to Nevada

A movement to provide tuition-free higher education was already gathering steam well before it became a centerpiece on the Democratic campaign trail.

Tennessee enacted the Promise Program in 2014, providing two years of tuition-free attendance at a community or technical college to residents. Oregon and Minnesota followed suit with similar programs.

It’s now reached Nevada, in the form of legislation proposed by state Sen. Mo Denis, D-Las Vegas, that’s patterned after Tennessee’s program.

The viability of these programs and future of college affordability led to a heated discussion Thursday between panelists at a seminar hosted by the Education Writers Association.