President Joe Biden laid out plans to invest $109 billion for two free years of community college for every American student in a speech April 29 to a joint session of Congress.

The American Families Plan, which also includes increased investments in federal Pell grants and free universal preschool, would be funded in part by increasing the corporate tax rate from 21% to 28%, Biden said.

Austin Community College Chancellor Richard Rhodes said Biden’s speech shows that federal leadership “believes in community colleges and the role that we play in revitalizing the economy and getting people back to work.”

“Community colleges are the economic engine for all our communities,” Rhodes said. “And we are the avenue for access to higher education.”

ACC’s board of trustees voted May 3 to keep its tuition and fees unchanged for the upcoming 2021-22 academic year.

Students who live within the geographic boundaries of ACC’s district are charged $85 per credit hour in tuition and fees, or $1,020 for 12 credit hours—a standard workload for a full-time student at the college.

This story is a part of Community Impact Newspaper's higher education guide, which appeared in the May editions of the Central Austin and Southwest Austin-Dripping Springs editions.