So far, advocates have yet to coalesce around a detailed policy for debt-free college. The congressional resolutions are general statements of principle rather than detailed legislation.
But a white paper co-authored by the liberal think tank Demos and the Progressive Change Campaign Committee, a leading group on this issue in Congress, offers some ideas. The paper proposes boosting aid to states and students, as well as making the underlying cost of college more affordable. That last goal is the thorniest, but the paper proposes a combination of accountability measures and innovation that it says could lower costs.