The cost of making our public colleges tuition free: $0.

The Cost of Making Our Public Colleges Tuition Free: $0

The Cost of Making Our Public Colleges Tuition Free: $0

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Dec. 9 2014 12:52 PM

The Cost of Making Our Public Colleges Tuition Free: $0

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Getting rid of tuition at America’s public colleges might seem like a silly liberal fantasy. But what if we could do it without spending any extra money on higher education?

In this video, I explain how it might work. For those who want to get into the nitty-gritty, here are data sources on tuition spending, the federal financial aid budget, undergraduate enrollment, and Pell Grants.

Jordan Weissmann is Slate’s senior business and economics correspondent.

Anne Marie Lindemann is a video producer and designer based on New York.