Why Should College Education Be Free?

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Should College Education be Free? Before 75 years ago education was not important as it is now especially higher education, because people mostly worked in farms and factories to make a living. But in today’s high-tech, fast-paced countries people need education in order to stabilize one’s future. People see education as an opportunity to improve their status and move up the mobility scale because today college is the greatest driver of socioeconomic mobility in America (College Affordability, n.d.). Without education people can’t move up their status or have a successful life. People specifically need a college education to be successful. A high-school diploma won’t get people anywhere. About three-quarters of high-tech fast-growing occupations…show more content…
About 65.9 percent of high-school graduates have enrolled in college in October 2013, while it was down to 66.2 percent in 2014 (Norris, 2014). The rate of people who attend college after high school is declining since 2013. Because of this, people are arguing that college education should be free. If it is free then students from all income levels will be encouraged to attend college since they don’t have to worry about the high costs (Freedman, 2014). It will also encourage students who graduate from high school to enroll in college which would eventually increase the rates of people who go to college after high school. Also high-quality poor students are being left out from a deserved college education because of the cost. If college education is free then it would increase the number of poor high-quality students in college (Freedman, 2014). In other words, college education should be free in order for it to be affordable to everyone. Not only that, if it is free it can also produce more skilled and educated people that would impact the workforce in the…show more content…
Students may stay in school forever and not get a degree in their undergraduate career if college is free (Freedman, 2014). They won’t have a set mindset on what they will do in their undergraduate career and just waste their time in college if it is free. Even when college is not free students don’t earn a degree in 4 years because they don’t value their education as they are supposed to. According to a report done by Complete College America, majority of the students don’t earn a degree in their 4 years (Lewin, 2014). So people are scared that if college is free then students won’t value their free education and they will just slack off in college (Pettinger, 2014). Students will see free college education as an opportunity to not take it seriously since the money is not coming from their own pockets. Finally students will not benefit as much from their education if they are not serious about their free education as the whole idea behind free college is to have a smarter and better educated general population. If the government gives guarantee that students will be successful under a free college education then people will favor free college education, but as for now they are against
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