WASHINGTON, Jan. 12, 2015 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Thurgood Marshall College Fund (TMCF) applauds the White House on its effort to increase college access for all Americans through the President's America's College Promise proposal. In order for America to maintain our global position, we must look at new and innovative ways to fortify our future and strengthen our economy. TMCF focuses on college access, completion and affordability for students attending publicly-supported Historically Black Colleges & Universities (HBCUs). This proposed plan is in line with what we do and would assist in making students' dreams a reality.
As President Obama begins working with Congress to make this proposal law, we suggest an enhancement that would obligate the federal government to provide free tuition for the first two years for students attending any state-supported institution, whether they choose to pursue their post-secondary education at a 2-year community college or a 4-year state college. Because federal and state dollars will fund this proposal, America's college students should maintain the choice to attend any degree-granting institution funded with public dollars.
In sum, TMCF supports the America's College Promise and stands ready to work with the Administration and Congress to develop a comprehensive, well-thought-out program that supports, for the first two years, all students pursuing an associate's degree or a bachelor's degree at one of our country's public colleges and universities.
ABOUT THE THURGOOD MARSHALL COLLEGE FUND (TMCF)
TMCF is named for the U.S. Supreme Court's first African-American Justice. Established in 1987, TMCF supports and represents nearly 300,000 students attending its 47 member-schools that include publicly-supported Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs), medical schools and law schools. Through its scholarships and programs, TMCF plays a key role in preparing the leaders of tomorrow.
SOURCE Thurgood Marshall College Fund