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Rubio wants higher education overhauled in US

FLORIDA   --  ESCAMBIA COUNTY -- Florida U.S. Senator, Marco Rubio wants to see the higher education overhauled because he feels there's an "opportunity gap" between people with and without college degrees.

Rubio feels some people are being priced out of a college education.
A full time student at a public 4-year college is now paying a little more than 18,000 dollars a year for an education.

Now imagine taking free college courses online that's accredited and accepted by traditional schools, instead of the traditional four year college route.

It's an idea Senator Rubio is pushing for to make college more accessible and affordable.
Rubio wants Congress to establish an independent accrediting agency to oversee state accredited online courses as an alternative to four year colleges.

"There are a lot of people that don't get as many chances for certain scholarships or certain opportunities that are involved with college" said Jared Altmix, UWF Student.

Ian Frost is a junior at UWF studying to become a software engineer.
He really sees the benefit to Rubio's proposed education overall especially at the high school level.

He feels if given the opportunity he would opt for more online courses to speed up earning his degree and save money.

Frost also likes another piece to Rubio's plan which offers students a cost benefit analysis so they'll know how much they can expect to earn in their chosen career compared to the amount of student loan debt they're expected to rack up.

"These schools both have this program, they cost this much, is it worth that much extra to get my degree from there or not" said Ian Frost, UWF Student.

Rubio's proposed education overall also includes student investment plans.
Private investment firms cover tuition costs that graduates can repay down the road as a fixed percentage of their income for a set number of years after graduation.