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Harvard doesn't need tuition dollars: Should college tuition be free if the school doesn't need the money?

  • Yes, I think so.

    Maybe tuition is so ingrained in the higher education system that we haven’t stopped to consider whether or not it makes sense for these elite schools to continue collecting it at all. The consistent trend toward larger and larger financial aid packages may foreshadow the beginning of an era when truly everyone can afford a world class education. It will take more donations, a little bit of financial wizardry, and a great deal of initiative on the part of these universities, but it is possible. Whatever the case, it’s time that Harvard and its elite peers put their money where their mouths are and make tuition a thing of the past.

  • College tuition decisions should be made by the institution

    College tuition should not be free, even if the school does not need the money. A private institution should be allowed to set its own rates, and there could be other factors that come into play. For instance, if there is a large, one-time endowment, a college may still want the steady tuition payment.

  • Students won't appreciate it.

    No, tuition should not be free even if the school doesn't need the tuition, because the student values something more when they have to pay for it. A student can learn to appreciate the value of something they have to pay for. The school should give money for financial need, but everyone should pay something.

  • No, Harvard should charge tuition

    Harvard is not a public institution. It is essentially a for profit institution and therefore should be able to charge tuition. Because they do not need tuition, they have an opportunity to provide scholarships for those who have the intelligence and the potential to achieve great things but do not have the money to attend their college. Harvard has the opportunity to break down social economic barriers through education but it is their choice to do so.


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