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New Jersey is the latest state to create a tuition-free program for four-year institutions. Governor Phil Murphy, a Democrat, announced the Garden State Guarantee in his 2020 state budget. This would add more than $50 million to the state’s results-based funding formula so that public four-year colleges may offer up to two years of free …

Over the past two decades, public colleges have sharply increased the amount of merit aid they have offered — a strategy that comes at the expense of low-income and working-class students, according to a new study. A report on the study, published by policy think tank New America, examines how 339 public institutions spent their …