Belnick: For Free Community College to Work, Students Must Be Able to Transfer Their Credits. How Some States Are Making That Easier

At a time when the economy and job market rely on highly skilled workers, it is more important than ever for students to be provided with clear pathways to baccalaureate degrees.

Twenty-nine percent of today’s nearly 12 million community college students are the first generation in their family to attend college. While many of these students seek to continue their education at a four-year college, most will be unable to reach that goal due to obstacles in the transfer process, including the loss of earned credits.

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