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Tom Morain | Register an Opinion Contributor Several presidential candidates are proposing to make tuition free at public universities and community colleges. According to their plans, taxpayers’ money would eliminate tuition for all students, rich or poor, who choose to attend a public institution. While expanding educational opportunities for all is a noble goal, not …

AMHERST — A program that has received legislative support could provide $20 million in matching funds for public colleges and universities, including $10 million of that funding dedicated to the University of Massachusetts. Under the endowment program, the state would provide 50 cents for every dollar of private donations. If included in the supplemental budget, …