Clinton takes debt-free higher education from progressive dream to mainstream


Activists call frontrunner’s so-called college compact ‘ambitious’ but families would still have to cover some costs, unlike Bernie Sanders’ proposed bill

Hillary Clinton unveiled her response to America’s crushing $1.3tn student loan crisis on Monday with a plan to make university tuition affordable enough that young people might someday be able to attend it debt-free.

Though Clinton’s college spending targets are not as far-reaching as her Democratic presidential opponents and at least one group called them “bait” for liberal voters, the plan has already received endorsements from progressive activists that pushed the formerly fringe ambition of zero-debt higher education to the forefront of her mainstream campaign.

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