Sinclair students react to President’s plan

Sinclair Community College (WDTN Photo)

DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – The President details his plan to make higher education more widely available during his State of the Union address.

That would impact us, right here at home, Sinclair Community College- one of the state’s largest community colleges.

There are millions of people across the nation paying off their student debt. President Obama is trying to reduce that by proposing 2 years of reduced tuition at community colleges in a plan he calls America’s college promise.

Good news for Sinclair community college students like Troy Malin.

“If that were to happen I would be ecstatic because I could put money towards other things like car payments, gas, insurance, anything that deals financially that could put me in debt” said Malin.

The White House did say if all states participated, students could on average $3,800 in tuition per year for a full-time student.

“It’s just an idea right now, but Sinclair has always been committed to access, we want as many students as possible to come to Sinclair and graduate. So we focus on having low tuition and help students meet their goals” said Dr. Kathleen Cleary.

Under the proposal, participating students would be expected to maintain a 2.5 grade-point average and participating schools would have to meet certain academic requirements.

States would opt in to the program and put up a fraction of the funding. Students and faculty say it all comes back to investing in the economy and future generations.

‘The learning curve is getting higher and higher and with the times we have to continue to make education important as possible so we can grow as a community and as a country” said Malin.

The White House estimates that if every state opted into the proposal, about 9 million students could be helped. According to the Associated Press, Obama said he will release more funding details in his budget. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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