Date: Jul 12, 2013 9:29 AM
Author: Jerry P. Becker
Subject: Oregon Legislature passes tuition-free higher education

From Local News / / Seattle, WA, Friday, July 12, 2013. See
Oregon Legislature passes tuition-free higher education

By Brien Blakely

Courtesy LA Times

SALEM - The Oregon Legislature unanimously passed a bill Monday that
will help provide higher education for free at state universities.

According to, the legislation - called a Pay it
Forward model- would allow students to attend state universities free
off cost, but upon graduation, students would pay 3 percent of their
paycheck back for 24 years in order to help fund the program for
future students. A pilot project would begin in 2015.

Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber is expected to sign the legislation into law soon.

Legislators said the plan would enable students to enter college
without the fear of being buried in debt. Students in Oregon graduate
with an average of 24,616 dollars in debt, Addicting Info
reported. Officials are unsure how the state will pay to start the
program, which is expected to cost about $9 billion initially.

Oregon will be the first state to implement the Pay it Forward program.

Jerry P. Becker
Dept. of Curriculum & Instruction
Southern Illinois University
625 Wham Drive
Mail Code 4610
Carbondale, IL 62901-4610
Phone: (618) 453-4241 [O]
(618) 457-8903 [H]
Fax: (618) 453-4244