Several states have taken steps to make college more affordable by creating free-tuition "promise" programs. Each one is different, but in general, they allow students to attend community college, or sometimes public universities, for free.
The MATC Board and its faculty union agreed to a new one-year contract this week, set to take effect in 2014, when their existing three-year pact expires.
What makes the deal noteworthy is the fact it happened months earlier than usual and while courts consider challenges to Act 10. That relatively new state law prohibits most public unions from negotiating for anything except limited pay increases.