This checklist was created in partnership with the Progressive Change Campaign Committee (PCCC) and the American Federation of Teachers (AFT)
Debt-free college means all students in America should be able graduate without debt. This big idea would expand economic opportunity, expand America's economy, and improve quality of life for millions of people.
Debt-free college is a result that can be achieved through multiple means.
Below is a checklist that Demos and the Progressive Change Campaign Committee will use to judge any plan by presidential candidates or Congress.
A true debt-free college plan should affirmatively check all of these boxes:
The G.I. Bill resulted in a 7-to-1 return on investment for our economy. By unshackling students from crushing debt -- freeing them to start the next Google, start a small business, or buy a first home -- we will see similar economic expansion. Quality of life will also be improved for millions of Americans who will be more able to get married, enter the career they are passionate about, or even do something as simple as moving out of their parents' home.
That's why a national poll by the Progressive Change Institute in January 2015 showed this issue is popular by 71% to 19% -- with majorities among Democratic, Republican, and Independent voters. (It was also very motivational to those who didn't vote in 2014.)
Over 400,000 people have now signed the petition circulated by the PCCC, Democracy for America, the United States Student Association, Young Invincibles, Working Families Party, Campaign For America’s Future, MoveOn, Credo Action, Daily Kos, and the Courage Campaign.
(Cross posted at the Progressive Change Campaign Committee)