I actually like the funding mechanism for Bernie's "free college" plan, but with a few tweaks... Sanders Panders: Four Flaws In Bernie Sanders' Higher Education Plan 1. Lets say that the 1st 2-years of college, including community colleges and trade schools are free, with an emphasis on job training for filling real jobs that need workers. 2. The 2nd 2-years funding are "means tested" and also "grade tested" so that marginal students are weeded out and the wealthy don't need help. Also, "careers that are needed" get more funding than careers that have poor job prospects. 3. Grad school funding is for the brightest and filling needed jobs, such as doctors. 4. The colleges need to control costs and do not get funding for any students that flunk out. Price controls may need to be imposed so that colleges use their "endowment funds" to help students. What's the downside? Hopefully stopping the high speed traders that don't "invest" but simply skim money from our 401k's and IRA's.