B School for Public Policy

Professor Laura Perna

Past Session: 
“Free College:” Understanding Potential Impact and Implications

Seminar by Professor Laura Perna

Drawing on available data and research, this presentation describes different approaches to free college and offers a framework for understanding how free college programs may influence student outcomes. Professor Laura Perna will discuss the potential impact and implications of programs with different designs for college affordability and other student-level outcomes (especially for students from low-income families) as well as different types of postsecondary institutions. We also suggest the questions that should be explored to understand the potential benefits and pitfalls of a free college proposal.