College is one of the most fundamental institutions in our modern world. It is a place where most of our future politicians, doctors, scientists, and leaders are made. Though, it seems that the price tag that comes with a college education is something that is too hefty for some students. Countless debates go on about whether the price of college should be abolished or whether the cost still is on the students to pay for.
Going to college and getting a degree is a very important factor in succeeding in the 21st century competitive world. Nonetheless, many people do not go to college because of how expensive col-lege has become and the fear of being in debt. Sometimes college does not work out for every-one. President Barack Obama has proposed a plan to make the first two years of community col-lege free to encourage people to go to college, get a degree, and make the United States the most educated country or at least catch up to the rest of the countries like Russia and Canada. Howev-er, Obama 's action of reducing the costs of community college will not significantly increase the number of students who will graduate with degrees. Instead of making college
If you were to take a poll of what people thought mattered most in order to obtain success in today’s society, most people would agree that having a college education plays a significant role in this success. Unfortunately, due to the increase of college tuition, a lesser amount of people are able to afford this education thus making a lesser amount of people, by today’s standards, successful. Just like with public high schools, I believe that classes from public universities should be made free for everyone. The best way to go about this is by letting the federal government use their funds to take care of it. According to Jordan Weisemann, author of “Here’s Exactly How Much the Government Would Have to Spend to Make Public College Tuition-Free”,
Calling a college education “free” is a contradiction because nothing in life is truly free. Someone will be responsible for paying for this education, even if it is not the person receiving it. To support this flood of hopeful college students, the American Government will have to heavily tax the working and upper classes. Taxes will have to be inflated to compensate for the price of college, and in some cases, may become outrageously high. If the upper class becomes constantly taxed, what keeps them from dropping down a class? What keeps the middle class from becoming the lower class? In an extreme situation, if the middle and upper classes were constantly taxed, there risks a problem of creating a bigger class divide. Maybe the plan to pay for college education starts out with only the rich being taxed. In America, there are roughly 324 million people. This number increases every eight seconds, so there is a constant increase of citizens. Imagine if half of that number decides to go to college. College education is free for them, but their tuition is paid for by the upper class. Now, average college tuition runs for about $9,410 for State Universities, and around $32,405 for out of state students. This amount of money, per student, is paid for by the upper class’s taxes. Taxes are raised higher and higher to pay for all these students until they cannot be raised any further. The upper
In the year 2014, an amount of one trillion dollars represents the collective student debt due to expensive college tuition, and it is on the rise. By 2020 student debt is expected to be an atrocious 1.4 trillion dollars (Rhinerson). Prices such as this lead to students not attending, struggling or even dropping out because they cannot afford the expenses college requires. Free college could influence several aspects of the economy and people’s lives, such as a decrease in unemployment, a more educated society and the discovery of previously looked over talent due to low income.
Students are they key to the future and college is the next step for them to take after they graduate high school to nourish them into successful young adults to help benefit others. Free access to higher education beyond high school should be totally free for the ones who have no choice but to go in debt. College education should be free just like it is free through k-12th grade. Free college will not only benefit us but also others and our country. The more people who go to college and graduate the smarter our country will be as a whole. Nowadays a college degree is required to have a well paid and guaranteed job. The company’s that are hiring for new job positions can now be taken because more Americans have the degree and are qualified for the job now. Many factors and good things come if college were free. Another one is more high school students would be motivated to get higher grades than they do now so they can get accepted into their dream college. We would see a huge increase of academic success for students in high school and then for more students attending for higher education from their excellence performance in high school and graduating with a four-year degree and benefiting the economy with their careers. What if a person is really smart
...comes profitable for universities to take advantage of. Universities sole focus should be the education quality, so in the case that more money is given to them instead of students, they will have the funds they need without increasing tuition even more. Their focus should then shift to making sure students graduate and do it on time so that they are not accumulating any large debt. The way to do this is by hiring the best quality professors and developing new teaching methods which is possible if the money is shifted to the right place. Making everything free will never solve the problem and those that think it will need to look back to when America was number one in college graduation rate when tuition was still not free. When the time comes that America has the best college graduation rate again it will be solely because of the success rate of students attending.
Going to college has been getting more expensive every year since colleges started. Going to college gives a student a chance to find a career in their major of choice. The only problem is that it isn’t always guaranteed. There are millions of graduated students that can’t find jobs in their major. Most of those students have student loans that they still owe and can’t afford to pay off. The average student with student loans owes over $25,000 and that doesn’t include all that interest that piles up every month. The United States should make college tuition free for everyone that has a high school degree. That can be achieved by making colleges give free tuition, changing the way interest piles up, and by lowering the military budget.
Sanders brought up the idea of free college by saying that, "in a global economy, when our young people are competing with workers from around the world, we have got to have the best educated workforce possible. And, that means that we have got to make college affordable." In reality the price of free college would cost around $70 billion dollars per year. There then would be only two ways to achieve free education: Subsidizing to bring the price down or providing something that costs less; like the saying, “you get what you paid for.” And it’s not just the cost that 's questionable. Time and time again does it prove that the American education system consistently fails to improve assisting generations of future adults in finding quality education that actually teaches them how to survive in the workforce. Giving these shortcomings, it’s crucial to ask if free college is even worth
For the 1975-76 school year, the average cost of tuition and fees at a four-year, public university was $2,387. Since 1975, the cost of college tuition has increased by roughly 394%, with tuition costing $9,410 during the 2015-16 school year (College Board, 2016). As college costs continue to rise, it is becoming increasingly more difficult for students, and their families, to bear the costs of getting an education. According to a survey by Edward Jones, financial advisor, “83% of Americans say they cannot afford the expense of a college education for themselves or a family member” (Levaux, 2015). Because of this, the United States should implement a policy that allows all U.S. citizens to obtain a post-secondary education at public institutions, up to a Bachelor’s Degree, free of charge.