- Associated Press - Wednesday, January 21, 2015

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) - The chancellor of the Community College System of New Hampshire says he’s interested in President Barack Obama’s proposal offering two years of free community or technical college, as discussed in his State of the Union address.

Under the proposal, students would need to go to school at least half time, maintain a 2.5 grade point average and make progress toward a degree. The White House estimates that would cost $60 billion over a decade.

Ross Gittell of the Community College System tells WMUR-TV (http://bit.ly/1J7nQ2g ) workers with an associate’s degree earn 28 percent more on average than those with just a high school diploma.

St. Anselm College professor of politics Chris Galdieri said the president is using the State of the Union to get the ball rolling.

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Information from: WMUR-TV, http://wmur.com

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