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smoralest27
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Should public college be tuition free?

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Started: 3/25/2017 Category: Education
Updated: 9 months ago Status: Post Voting Period
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JohnDover6

Pro

Free tuition at public colleges would have profound positive impacts in addition to the obvious ethical Education is a human right in the United states, to what extent does the right extend has not been specified. But if elementary school through high school will make more productive members of society, then it would seem college would be just as the quintessential level of schooling for those who pursue it. The high prices of colleges are leading to high drop-out rates and taking away from the value of college. The unbelievably high cost is devaluing the importance of schooling and discouraging people from going. The importance of a free tuition at public colleges can hardly be overstated with profound benefits.
smoralest27

Con

Free tuition could devalue a college's degree. Students now are forced to work and complete college because they are paying for their education. While some already pay and still ditch, not caring about the financial value of it, it will only make matters worse. It will make them have a different mindset now that they aren't worried about "not getting their money's worth" now that they aren't concerned with the price of it, leading to less students going to class. Laziness can emerge from the students at an alarming rate.
Debate Round No. 1
JohnDover6

Pro

High tuition rates discourage people from attending college due to worrying over finances and debts and also make college even more difficult to complete. A study conducted by Public Agenda revealed that if a student as financial backing from their family they have a 63% graduation, now take this number and compare it to the 42% graduation rate of students without family backing. This statistic shows that financial issues do take a toll (a 20% toll to be exact) on a student's educational pursuits. The large workload of college and selectiveness colleges such as the UCs is already encouragement enough to try to complete and earn a degree, large fees, and immense student loans are not necessary.
smoralest27

Con

While that may be true, younger generations won't be able to handle finances. It's bad enough that students already aren't taught how to file taxes and other "adult" things. However, if college were to be free, any type of (financial) skill will be diminished. College should not entirely be free, but its tuition should be reduced. This way, students can understand the responsibilities of finances, and learn how to purchase things like cars or a house. Financial aid and help from your parents/work just doesn't always cut it for everyone. In addition, by reducing the price, more students can be allowed to enroll and not worry so much about the tuition.
Debate Round No. 2
JohnDover6

Pro

While this compromise may be more tangible the fact still remains that tuition prices still disproportionately affect poor students. Wealthier students who travel out of state and in-state still have the advantage of strong financial backing; while poorer students are still left with financial hardships. A fee, even if is a lowered still is more stress that hurts poorer students chances of graduating. Furthermore, students who have strong financial backing still aren't being eased into "real-life" and poor students have to worry about bills and other such fees that are more than enough responsibility to ease them into "real-life". The bottom line is the exponential prices of higher education is harming students and the country. The only true solution to this problem is eliminating these fees altogether.
smoralest27

Con

Eliminating these fees altogether doesn't benefit everyone. If we reduce the tuition cost, students can get a job and use scholarships to pay their way through college. If all goes well, most students won't have to take out student loans either, or worry about paying them off until they're in their 40s. However, universities will only be receiving money from the government and/or the taxes. Taxes right now are already high enough and once tuition is included, it will be worse. In that way, university quality can also worsen and as mentioned before, your degree can be devalued. The more students with the same degree, the more competitive it will be to find a job. In conclusion, free college cannot be obtained but by reducing the price, we can help (future) students.
Debate Round No. 3
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Posted by byaka2013 9 months ago
byaka2013
Free no. Cost decrease yes.
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