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Parking and coffee should be included in college tuition.

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Started: 12/15/2014 Category: Education
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My proposal: Free parking and complementary coffee to students should be included in the costs of college tuition.

Three rounds.
1) Acceptance/Rules
2) Arguments
3) Counter arguments


I accept.

These are my rules:

No chewing gum in the hallways.

Clean your teeth.

If you can't say something nice, don't say anything at all.

Love your neighbor as yourself.

Now go ahead with your arguments. This should be a fun debate.
Debate Round No. 1


Thank you CON for accepting this debate.

Below are my arguments:

Arguments for Free Coffee

College Students don't sleep but need energy.

According to research done by the University of Cincinnati in 2011, only 24% of nearly 200 college students surveyed (aged 18 to 24) reported that they received the health-expert recommended seven to eight hours of sleep [1]. The majority of those surveyed also claimed to have held full and part time jobs in addition to their full time student status.

This original small scale study was subsequently followed on by the larger National College Health Assessment (2013) and the American College Health Association who reported that of 140 schools annually surveyed, 27% of all college students had experienced "traumatic" or "major" sleep difficulties in the past 12 months, while 50% reported some level of sleepiness during daytime activities [2]. Of all students surveyed, 20% also said that inadequate amounts for sleep had negatively affected their academic performance and was a serious problem.

Given these statistics, it should therefore be no suprise to anyone that 39% of all college students now report drinking coffee sometime within a two-week span, an increase of 14% since 2002 [3]. Many more students also report being stressed with extracurricular activities, student clubs, and work in addition to thier full time student status than ever before. Were colleges therefore, to provide complementary coffee to students, it would certainly be one of the most kind and noblest gestures on behalf of universities to students who are struggling with class schedules and are dependant on coffee to make it though the day. Coffee provides a range of health and energy benefits in addition to it being a popular beverage among the entire student and US population; providing it freely to students therefore is one of the least things colleges can do to help improve student's lives.


Hotels and many businesses already provide coffee.

Most hotels and many businesses, including small business and large corporations, already provide complementary coffee to employees and customers. Coffee is relatively cheap and inexpensive to make, and many hotel rooms in America feature a complimentary coffee maker in addition to free coffee dispensers located in the central lobby. Some public libraries across the country (like this one, also provide free coffee in the central lobby or at library events. College professors are also probably afford some degree of free coffee at their local office building.

Colleges therefore could realistically -and morally ought to- provide free coffee at student union lobbys, class rooms, libraries, or even free coffee makers for student dorm rooms. Much of the private sector already does this, and its time colleges repaired their image with the student body and jumped aboard. Free wifi (compared to other listed locations) without free coffee is a slap in student faces, and It is absolutely disheartening, for instance, that the average dorm room bill in America averages $9,000 per year while not coming with basic utilities; such as a sink, carpet, toilet, shower, furniture, mattress, space, or even a small coffee maker [1].


Arguments for Free Parking

Students need to drive to school and go to work to pay for college

It is a well-known fact that a vast majority of college students (over 50%) do not live on a college campus and need to commute to school. One reason for this high percentage has to do with a fact from a Citigroup survey that found that 80% of all US students (college and high school) take at least a part-time job during the school year. The survey also noted that on average, students work 19 hours a week on top of classes [1]. 10% of undergraduates college students also work fulltime [1]. Given these statistics, many students should have and need affordable accommodations to get to work or risk loosing their means of paying for college. Colleges can help here by providing free parking to students, as many already do with university professors and college faculty. University campuses are one of the few public institutions in America that actually charges for parking and the outrageous practice on young adults who are fiscally strained should be done away with.



Colleges can afford and should provide complimentary coffee and parking to students.

In its most recent survey of college pricing, the College Board reported that the average cost of tuition and fees for the 2013–2014 school year was $30,094 at private colleges, $8,893 for state residents at public colleges [1]. Most colleges receive public funding and grant money from government and corporate partners and face little debt risk, other for profit colleges have reported record revenue among a growing $30 billion dollar industry [2]. In contrast, 37% of all students reported needing financial help from their parents [3] Given the record number of American students now attending college, with the high cost of college fees, and the dire need to improve student well-being, I believe colleges can and should afford to provide coffee and free parking to students.




james14 forfeited this round.
Debate Round No. 2


I'm sorry for forfeiting.
Sorry for ruining the debate. I really should have responded. However, here are my late arguments and you can do what you like with them.

Good arguments. However, just because students would like it and the colleges could easily do it does not mean it is a moral obligation, as you said. If universities want to charge for parking, they can do that. It is hardly immoral to charge parking fees, and Pro hasn't proven otherwise. Proving that parking fees are "wrong" would require far more evidence. Anyway, why force students to pay for what they don't need? Not all students are sleepless commuting coffee-addicts. As college tuition is so expensive already, why make it more so? This is the equivalent of airlines charging $1000 per seat but including free drinks, a full meal, as much luggage as you want, and two feet between each seat(!). This would be good for airlines and good for the man with $1000, but bad for the dude with only $729 and no hunger for plastic forks, trays, or chicken.

Free coffee would lead to coffee being wasted and students inevitably consuming more of it than they would otherwise, as people will always use more of a desirable something if it's free. That is not a good thing.

My argument: Charging for coffee OR parking is not wrong. It is also quite reasonable for a college to keep its tuition as low as possible and charge extra for such amenities. That's why I think parking and coffee should not be included in college tuition. You could argue that the additional cost would be minimal, but please remember how much airlines charge for extra bags and 7 more inches of legroom. Amenities can add a surprising amount.

Again, I'm sorry I forfeited. Good job by Pro. Apologies.
Debate Round No. 3
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Posted by Commondebator 1 year ago
This will be fun to watch
Posted by Golfer15 1 year ago
James lol @ all the rules :p
Posted by Ragnar 1 year ago
Interesting premise. The main point I would be interested in seeing on this, is the issue of dead weight lose created by the subsidy proposed.
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