Sen. Marco Rubio

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FILE - In this Nov. 13, 2012 file photo, Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, speaks to reporters after leaving a closed-door meeting investigating the violent Sept. 11, assault on the American consulate in Benghazi, Libya at the Capitol in Washington, A struggling Republican party is hanging ever more hope for its revitalization on Sen. Marco Rubio, a Cuban-American seen by many as a top contender for its 2016 presidential nomination. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)

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Addressing what he calls a "growing opportunity gap" between people with and without advanced educations, Sen. Marco Rubio is calling for state-accredited alternatives to four-year colleges and income-based repayments for college loans.

The Florida senator and possible 2016 Republican presidential contender also says Congress should establish an independent accrediting agency to assess free courses offered over the Internet and elsewhere as transferrable credits. (AP)

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