Pathways: The Costs, Benefits and Realities of “Free College”


“Free college” was one of President Joe Biden’s most popular campaign promises.

But there’s no such thing as a free lunch. So what’s the reality behind the free college plans? What are the costs? Are there any gotchas?

In this EWA webinar, a community college president, the head of a national campaign for free college and an economist who has investigated the outcomes and effects of free college programs discuss the impact of free college programs on access to higher education and pathways to good jobs. Get insights on how the push for free college could play out on the federal level and hear journalist attendees ask the panelists on-the-record questions.

EWA thanks the Ascendium Education Group and the Joyce Foundation for making this webinar possible through generous grants to EWA. And thank you to Strada Education Network for sponsoring this webinar. EWA retains all editorial control over its programming.​

This webinar was presented on March 11, 2021.