At a CNN town hall event this week, Senator Amy Klobuchar, a Minnesota Democrat running for her party’s presidential nomination, said she does not support proposals to make college tuition-free.
“No, I am not for four-year college for all,” she said in response to an audience member’s question.
Klobuchar instead said she supports free community college, expanded Pell Grants and refinancing of student loan interest rates. She also said she wants to help more students get certificates or two-year degrees to enter trades -- “everything from welding to technology to robotics” -- where a bachelor’s degree isn’t necessary.
Rejecting calls for free college puts Klobuchar at odds with most contenders for the Democratic nomination. The other Senate Democrats to declare campaigns for the nomination have either introduced or supported legislation that would provide free or debt-free public college. Julian Castro, the former mayor of San Antonio, has also argued for making community college -- but not four-year college -- free as part of a higher education platform.