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Republicans say Clinton plan would lead to higher college cost

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WASHINGTON (AP) -- Republican presidential candidates say a proposal from Hillary Rodham Clinton today, aimed at making college more affordable, will actually raise college costs.

Jeb Bush says the plan will just "shift the burden to hardworking taxpayers." And Marco Rubio tells Fox News that any time the government offers more money and financial aid, traditional colleges raise their tuitions.

Clinton today is outlining a plan to reduce the cost of four-year public schools and make two-year community colleges tuition free. The plan would also cut student loan interest rates.

She's offering the proposal at a town hall meeting in New Hampshire -- the state with the highest average student debt in the country.

The proposal centers on a $200 billion federal incentive system aimed at encouraging states to expand their investments in higher education and cut student costs. States that guarantee "no-loan" tuition at four-year public schools and free tuition at community colleges will be eligible to receive federal funds.

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