The brutally high cost of college is a source of anxiety for millions of Americans, and, suddenly, a hot topic in the Democratic presidential race. Today in New Hampshire, Hillary Clinton rolled out a plan that could make college more affordable for millions, and maybe, put a bit of distance between her and Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders.

Hillary Clinton is still the Democratic front-runner, but not like she used to be. One recent poll shows her leading Bernie Sanders by just four points in New Hampshire, within the margin of error. Today, Clinton made an announcement that might help change that, unveiling a plan she’s calling the New College Compact. 

Clinton’s plan to rein in higher-ed costs doesn’t go quite as far as Sanders’. He wants to make tuition totally free at state colleges and universities. Instead, she’d make community colleges free, and steer federal funding to state schools that don’t make their students take out loans. 

Also drawing big applause this afternoon: Clinton’s vow to slash interest rates for students who do have to borrow, and to ease the burden on those who already did.

Now, New Hampshire isn’t just the site of the first presidential primary, it’s also got the highest average student loan debt in the country. And the people who turned out to see Clinton in Exeter seemed thrilled that she’s talking about these issues. 

But the New College Compact would be expensive, with a cost of 350 billion dollars over 10 years. Today, Clinton took a preemptive shot at critics who might call it a bloated government handout. 

Of course, before Clinton can sell Congress on her plans, she’ll have to sell voters on herself.