California Game Changers: Making College Free Again

Illustration: Nicolás Zúñiga

Illustration: Nicolás Zúñiga For an increasing number of education and political leaders, bringing debt-free higher education back to California is long overdue.

When Bernie Sanders, and then Hillary Clinton, made debt-free higher education a byword of the 2016 presidential race, University of California graduates like retired Los Angeles anesthesiologist Steve Auer unexpectedly found themselves the poster children for a time when free college tuition was the norm in California, rather than the radical proposition it seems today.

“Education was nearly free,” the 75-year-old Auer recalls in a phone interview with Capital & Main . “Tuition, of course, was nominal, was […]