About the Problem

The cost of college is an insurmountable barrier for many young Americans. High cost, lack of physical access and all-or-nothing credit recognition systems can make a college education unattainable.

Seven in ten college graduates have student loans, owing an average of $35,000 at graduation. College education has gotten 80% more expensive in the last decade, increasing twice as quickly as the cost of medical care and at four times the rate for the cost of housing.

The high cost of a college education, multiplied by the millions of people who take on debt to earn a diploma, contributes to a $1 trillion total outstanding student loan debt in the US – enough money to buy every single sports team in the NFL, NHL, MLB, NBA and NASCAR.



About the Policy

Use online courses to deliver a high-quality, fully accredited college education at far lower cost than traditional brick-and-mortar institutions. Promote degree and certificate program course standards for digital learning to increase accreditation and transferability of credits. Improve access and assistance to rural populations and disadvantaged groups.

Public Support

79% of All Polled
82% of Democrats
80% of Republicans
75% of Independents

Polling data derived from three national surveys conducted by Cohen Research Group in February and March 2016. Each survey had a sample size of at least 1,000 registered voters with a margin of error of +/- 3.1%

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An increase in availability of online learning, combined with programs that promote the use of certificates and accreditations as benchmarks of learning achievements will increase college availability and provide a lower-cost alternative.

These programs, combined with special promotion of digital learning to improve access and assistance to rural populations and disadvantaged groups, will make college more affordable, more accessible and more available.