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Another State May Offer (Almost) Free Community College

Education-loan borrowing among students pursuing an associate’s degree has increased significantly in the past decade, particularly among low-income students. For the 2011-2012 academic year, 55% of students who received Pell Grants and earned associate’s degrees also graduated with debt, according to a 2015 report from Demos, a progressive policy group in Washington, D.C. In that same academic year, Pell Grant recipients took on an average of $14,500 in student loan debt to get an associate’s degree at a two-year public college. That demographic — those who receive aid but still need help paying for school — is the target of the Oregon bill.