Sen. Marco Rubio to propose higher education overhaul

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FILE - In this Jan. 8, 2014 file photo, Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., speaks on Capitol Hill in Washington. Amid a renewed Republican focus on poverty, Rubio is calling on Congress to overhaul the country’s higher education system, proposing a series of changes that he says will make college more affordable and bridge a “skills gap” in the American economy. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)

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MICHAEL J. MISHAK, Associated Press

MIAMI (AP) — Florida's Sen. Marco Rubio is addressing what he calls a "growing opportunity gap" between people with and without advanced educations.

The possible 2016 Republican presidential contender is calling on Monday for state-accredited alternatives to four-year colleges and income-based repayments for college loans.

Rubio also says Congress should establish an independent accrediting agency to assess free courses offered over the Internet and elsewhere as transferrable credits.

And he says college students should be offered cost-benefit analyses comparing how much they can expect to earn in a particular field to how much they will owe in getting a degree in the subject.

Rubio is unveiling the proposals at an education forum at Miami Dade College.

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