Free college is now a reality in nearly 20 states

With the cost of a secondary education rising sharply, many are finding it difficult to attend a college or university to further their aspirations. Those who do manage to obtain a degree find themselves increasingly in student loan debt that is hard to climb out of. This is having a negative impact on poor communities, particularly communities of color, as many seek ways to stop the vicious cycle of poverty dead in its tracks.

Massachusetts currently does not offer free college to students. Is this an opportunity to address income inequality on a statewide scale? This article explores the states that are getting it right and making college accessible to as many students as possible.