Free Not Always A Great Deal

The University of Michigan’s new free tuition program for lower-income students is already a success: It has diverted the conversation from yet another tuition hike in Ann Arbor.

UM managed to move all the focus onto a program that will waive tuition for students from families with incomes less than $65,000 a year. It amounts to economic affirmative action, and certainly attention needs to be paid to assuring that talented students from all income levels have a chance at a quality education.

It would be a marvelous program — if it were being paid for by tapping the school’s endowment, or with a separate philanthropic drive, or by slashing spending elsewhere

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