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Free tuition for two-year college students—but with a catch

Colleges and universities are launching a variety of initiatives to propel young and adult learners to degree completion. Intrusive analytics and mentoring helped Middle Tennessee State University improve student learning outcomes, and community colleges nationwide are looking to reduce costs for working adult students, such as Columbia College cutting tuition for this specific student group.

Child care, transportation and food assistance are other ways institutions are expanding college access beyond tuition, in addition to increasing efforts to make digital textbooks and learning equipment more affordable for a wider cross-section of students.

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