COVID-19 Update: Most in-person events have been cancelled until further notice.
Check the event organizer's website for more information.
- This event has passed.
Webcast: The Future of Free College
September 20, 2018 at 9:00 am - 11:00 am
Given the continued rise in college costs and prices, and more than $1 trillion in outstanding college loan debt, few issues have drawn more widespread attention and concern than college affordability. To shed light on the merits of the idea of free college, Douglas Harris, professor of economics at Tulane University and nonresident senior fellow at Brookings Institute, has conducted an almost decade-long randomized trial assessment of a free college program in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. A growing collection of research on the topic is also emerging in cities and states across the country.
On Sept. 20, the Brown Center on Education Policy at Brookings will host Harris for a presentation on the results of his unusual experiment. A distinguished panel will also discuss the broader national landscape of research and policy on free college. The panel will explore what we know about the effects of free college, their potential for increasing the nation’s college attainment levels and reducing gaps in access by family income, and the possible unintended consequences.
After each session, speakers will take audience questions. This event will be webcast live.