Hillary Clinton announced on Wednesday a proposal to ensure families earning less than $125,000 would not be forced to pay tuition at public colleges and universities, in essence copycatting a version of rival Sen. Bernie Sanders’ proposed policies.
Her plan, called the “New College Compact,” would initially provide free tuition at public colleges and universities to students from families earning less than $85,000 a year, according to the aide.
Free college tuition at public colleges and universities was a staple of Sanders’ campaign, who proposed free tuition at public institutions with no income cap. Clinton’s New College Compact is likely an attempt by the campaign to woo over young voters — who backed Sanders’ campaign in historically large numbers.
Clinton initially pushed back on Sanders’ plan during the primary, saying she didn’t want “students from rich families” to receive free tuition.
“In her meeting last month with her primary opponent, Sen. Bernie Sanders, Clinton and Sanders discussed the virtues of their respective plans to improve college affordability and strategized about how best to promote the issue in the party’s platform and ensure it remains a core issue in the general election debate,” a Clinton aide told Mic.