O'Malley To Lay Out Plan For Reducing College Costs, Student Debt Burdens

Jul 8, 2015

 

Martin O'Malley
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Democrat Martin O'Malley is calling the high cost of college a "crisis" as he lays out a goal of debt-free tuition for all students at public colleges and universities within five years if elected president.

The former governor of Maryland will outline his proposal Wednesday morning in New Hampshire. Focusing on college costs could help O'Malley among younger voters in New Hampshire, where the average student loan debt burden is the nation's highest.

But he's not alone in addressing the problem. Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders has released a plan for free college tuition, and Hillary Rodham Clinton is emphasizing the need to lower college costs.

O'Malley's plan calls for increasing federal matching money to encourage states to invest more in higher education and substantially lower tuition rates.