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Students weigh in on President Obama's college proposal

ALBANY, GA (WALB) -

Some South Georgia students expressed support for a proposal President Obama unveiled on Wednesday that would essentially make the first two years of college free for many.

The President wants to provide tuition for two years of community college to any student who maintains a C+ average and makes steady progress toward a degree.

One high school senior believes the proposal could greatly impact the economy.

"It's not going to make the economy do poorly now. It's actually going to provide more opportunities for people to get better jobs now that they're getting their education. I'm very proud of the President of for giving us the opportunity," said Baker Co. High School senior Gabriel Ornelas.

To be eligible, community colleges would have to offer academic programs that fully transfer credits to public four year colleges and universities.

The program would cost an estimated $6 billion each year and is expected to face stiff opposition from many Republicans in Congress.

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