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Kathleen Wynne Cool On Obama's Free Tuition Proposal

01/09/2015 01:47 EST | Updated 03/11/2015 05:59 EDT
OTTAWA - Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne is cool to an idea, proposed by U.S. President Barack Obama, to make some post-secondary education free.

As the premier embarks on a tour of college and university campuses across the province, she says free tuition is not something she is examining at this point.

Wynne says she worries that in such a model access to education might actually be limited, because a subsidy may not be available to everyone.

Instead she touted Ontario's 30-per-cent off tuition grant for some low- and middle-income students.

Obama wants publicly funded community college available to all Americans, a sweeping, multibillion-dollar proposal that would make higher education as accessible as a high school diploma.

He says he would like the first two years of community college free for anyone attending at least half-time, maintaining a 2.5 grade point average and making progress toward completing a degree or certificate program.

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