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Does free college come with trade-offs? – Education Dive

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  • Free college in the U.S. could require trade-offs in the form of lower attainment and fewer resources for institutions, contends a new report from the American Enterprise Institute (AEI), a right-leaning think tank based in Washington, D.C.
  • The report ranked the U.S. and 34 other developed countries based on higher education attainment, resources and subsidies. The researchers found a correlation between a country ranking high for one quality and moderate or low for the others.
  • Finland ranks No. 1 for subsidies but No. 11 for resources and No. 25 for attainment. South Korea topped the list for attainment but ranked low for subsidies and resources. The U.S. ranks high for resources and attainment but is No. 31 in subsidies, meaning students share more of the cost for higher ed than in other developed countries.

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