Disadvantages Of University Education

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Nearly every country in the developed world, and more and more in the developing world, provide free primary and secondary education. Such education is generally uncontroversial and accepted as necessary by both liberals and conservatives around the world. In the case of university education, however, there is a great deal of disparity between countries’ education policies. In many states students must pay fees to attend university, for which they may seek student loans or grants. Often states offer financial assistance to individuals who cannot afford to pay fees and lack other methods of payment. In other states, university education is completely free and considered a citizen’s right to attend. It is a fundamental right of individuals to…show more content…
When fees are put in place in countries, many people find it extremely difficult to find the funds to pay for it, leading many people, and even most in some countries, to seek school loans. In the United States, for example, obtaining loans for university is the norm. These loans can weigh heavily on the minds of university students, and put inordinate amounts of pressure to perform well. This pressure can lead to students dropping out. This is quite understandable when one considers the degree of pressure a young person would feel if his school loan was collateralized against his family home. The pressure does not end when an individual graduates, since he must then begin to pay off the debts accrued while in university. This can lead to individuals taking jobs to which they are not necessarily best suited in order to get started on debt repayment immediately. Even still, repayment of loans can take many years, even decades, leaving individuals under the thumb of creditors for much of their working lives. With free university education, everyone can go to college without crushing debt burden, can study what they wish, and can leave with a qualification and no onerous debt obligations. Such a situation is certainly desirable, for it is better for citizens to be able to gain the career opportunities of a university education without being subjected to the torments of crushing
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