AP FACT CHECK: Clinton overstates her plan for college help

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Posted: Oct 19, 2016 10:20 PM

WASHINGTON (AP) — A claim from the final presidential debate and how it stacks up with the facts:

CLINTON: "I want to make college debt free."

THE FACTS: Clinton might aspire to that lofty goal, but she has only proposed making college tuition free for in-state students who go to a public college or university. Even with expanded grant aid, room and board costs can lead to students to borrow.

Clinton would have the government pay for in-state tuition at public colleges and universities for students from families earning less than $125,000 a year. Students would still need to foot the bill for housing and food, which makes up more than half of the average $18,943 sticker price at a four-year public university, according to the College Board.

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But Trump was correct when he said that government would shoulder higher costs with Clinton's plan.

Her plan would cost the federal government an estimated $500 billion over 10 years, with additional costs possibly for state governments.

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Contributed by Associated Press writer Josh Boak.