Republican presidential challenger Mitt Romney referred to a plan to give Massachusetts students a “tuition free” education at state schools. He is correct that it covers tuition, but students did not get a free ride. Fees, for example, and other costs were not included.
Also it’s worth noting that Massachusetts is a relatively high tax state, with more funding for public education.
The former Massachusetts governor also referred to supporting Pell Grants, which are federal funds that support the education of the lowest-income students. Romney has consistently supported some level of support for Pell Grants.
But it is not clear whether Romney supports the same number of Pell Grants and the same level of financial support to be offered through Pell Grants.
The Obama administration has nearly doubled funding for Pell Grants, a step that Romney has criticized, outside of the debate, for being financially unsustainable as currently structured.