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  • Free to everyone

    College should be free for all. So everyone could graduate dept free, and start fueling the economy.
    More people would go if it were free, witch means that more American would college educated. Educated people tend to make better decisions, because there educated. A better educated USA is world for all.

  • College Education being free is essential for our country being successful.

    There are people who are in the world right now that cannot afford to go to college. They might have brilliant brains that could help support the world, or have ideas that could change the world completely. However, all those ideas vanish because of the barrier in front of them. They cannot afford to go to colleges. We do not know what those people have in their minds. Most and high likely, they would benefit us even a little bit. My teacher's friend got accepted into Harvard but couldn't afford to pay the tuition. Therefore, I strongly support the idea saying that colleges should be free.

  • Believe in America

    If college was free yes taxes would go up but the jobs that a degree would provide would lead to better pay and in return pay a higher tax rate. If college was free a higher standard of living would be possible and a bigger boom in economy; an example is the 1950s the standard of living was increased and we saw a thriving economy. Attendance in high school was an out come of the standard of living increase and once again it would be if higher education was free.

  • Learning Should Be Free

    Yes, college education should be free. A college education should be provided for every child who wants it. And this should be provided free of charge. It is morally wrong for a teenager and their family to be forced to incur thousands and thousands of dollars in debt for an education. Learning should not be out of anyone’s reach. Learning and education should not be privileges enjoyed only by the wealthy. Right now college loan defaults are at the highest levels ever seen. We have an entire generation that is starting out in life burdened with a very large amount of debt and a very small job market. Our society has set these young adults up for possible failure by making them start out at a disadvantage.

  • Eliminate class distinctions

    I dont know that it should be totally free, but way way cheaper, OR GO by income. I disagree with the loan process. It shoudl eb pay as you go and pay only for the classes you need, none of this pay for art when your going to learn something that has nothign to do with art. College is run too much like high school, with clubs, imature kids partying. Drinking drugs, its pathetic grow up already.
    However, if it were free, everyone would have the oportunity to learn skills to contribute to society, feel needed valued and part of a community, no one would need to feel inferior, or superior, bringing the playing field level. No one would feel the need to compete.
    But it will not happen, becasue the rich get richer, the poor get poorer and the middle class supports them all,
    many inteligent people are denied the chance to help humanity for the good due to this greed.
    Many countries have free college and their country is a mess too. Greed and no common sense.
    Cant learn common sense in college
    so much for intelligence .
    Spilling over into the government.

  • Moneyed Culture leads to Misled Money

    If college lacked the limiting factor of cost, a whole host of academic, personal, and lifestyle problems could be averted. Far too many entering students are steered towards educational paths (majors and careers) that are not in harmony with personal areas of ability and preference. Rather, lucrativeness is prized over integrity, leading both grades and well-being to suffer.

  • Learning Should Be Free

    Yes, college education should be free. A college education should be provided for every child who wants it. And this should be provided free of charge. It is morally wrong for a teenager and their family to be forced to incur thousands and thousands of dollars in debt for an education. Learning should not be out of anyone’s reach. Learning and education should not be privileges enjoyed only by the wealthy. Right now college loan defaults are at the highest levels ever seen. We have an entire generation that is starting out in life burdened with a very large amount of debt and a very small job market. Our society has set these young adults up for possible failure by making them start out at a disadvantage.

  • College should be free

    Education should not be payed for. Knowledge is power and why must power be payed for? We'll continue a cycle of reaching for power, even though, it should be equal. Why must those born into a high class have greater chances of success compared to those born into a lower class setting? Yes, most are afraid college will be treated as "high school part 2," but that doesn't mean the rules of a college have to be the same. For example, for those in community colleges cannot be in there more then 6 or 7 or 8 years or else they're kicked out FOREVER in that college. That'll sure push them to take it seriously. Hmm, perhaps 4 drops outs from a class should lead to a kick as well. By the way, high school and college follow a completely different system and shouldn't be compared. I'm positive the more serious students in a college will out-way the goofballs, making the goofballs a step closer to becoming serious students.

  • What makes it worse is that there are people who are smart enough for col

    What makes it worse is that there are people who are smart enough for college but simply cannot go because of the expenses, even with scholarships or grants, or even both. People may argue that somebody has to pay for it, but let's think about it for a minute. On a national scale, we already pay for services that we may not use. Example? High School. What if your kid goes to a private school, is home schooled, or is a school drop out? What if they graduated? What if we don't have kids at all? We still have to pay for public schools. If we had free college education, then more people could pursue the education they desperately deserve, which increases the amount of people to be able to find jobs that are capable of doing so.

  • college for everybody

    Yes I definitely believe college should be free, I am a current student at a community college. I would love to go to a university or even stay at school as long as I please to get multiple degrees. The cost of college courses are too expensive. Money and the fear of debt from student loans hold people back from pursuing there dreams or making the most out of themselves. I agree yes it can be taken advantage of, but not if you set up certain G.P.A requirements. People say "High school part 2" but that is not the case. High school is a mandatory by law. Children, without consent, are required to go to high school. Children who did not want to attend high school more than likely won't want to attend college. I believe the opportunity to further your education should be given to all.

  • If that were the case, it would be High School part 2.

    If college was free, it would literally mean High school all over again. Do you any idea on how many people would take college for granted if it was free. College being free would literally mean high school all over again. I am currently a high school senior who is heading off to college this year and I can say that most of the kids in my school don't care one bit. They are out in the hallways hanging out with their friends, smoking, drinking and causing fights with others and you can just imagine what it would be like if kids like those went off to attend college with very little effort put into their school work. You have to remember that college is for those people that truly care for their education and unlike college, high school is meant to give a very basic education to people. Unlike High school, college is an option that one can decide to take or leave behind and for those who really want to educate themselves further, they go into it and its worth every penny for them. I have to admit that although college is quite expensive and that I might have a hard time affording it, it would be worth much more knowing that the majority of students around me care for their education unlike in high school. What really bothers me is that more than 3 fourths of the people that took this survey ignorantly said the wrong answer.

  • My dad once told me that nothing is free

    Number one: the government needs the colleges to pay them so the government can pay them back (for things like staff and other things). If they don't get this money then the government won't get this flow of money and we will be stuck in a deficit for the rest of our lives. This may also lead to higher taxes and that means, of course, you have to pay way more money. If you get a scholarship then you are set for a college. And if you don't then maybe you might not be the best in it.

  • College is a privilege, not a right.

    For the people who keeping arguing that college education is the key to success, of course it is nowadays! That doesn't mean it should be free. As the top argument for "No" states, free college would definitely not be appreciated. Unfortunately, I've had the displeasure of hearing people in my English class say they just go to college because their financial aid pays for it. A lot of them take the course, don't take it seriously enough and slack off, then just take the "W" on their transcript. I'm not saying that everybody who uses financial aid abuses it, but a lot of students already take college for granted. Many of the fields in college would also become over-saturated more than they are today. Not everybody can go to college, that is how scarcity works in the real world. It is nice and pleasing to hear all these nice thoughts that free college education is the key to a higher societal values and culture, but its just not for everybody. Also, we can't just add this boatload of debt onto taxes where further debt will be accumulated. It's not impossible to find an affordable route through college. One could always go to a community college for two-three years and then transfer to the university of choice, often with better chances of admission. There are also a lot of scholarships out there that people say they try and try again to get, but never really do it. A job throughout college is also easily achievable to maintain if you manage your time wisely. People more often than not love to make excuses for themselves and opt for the aesthetically pleasing choice than the responsible one. This is college and its time to be an adult. The age of entitlement is over; we need to account for ourselves now. College is not a right, it is a privilege.

  • Not completely

    No, I don not think college should be completely free. it should be on a cheaper sliding scale than it is now, with more availability for poor students to get better loans. It can be made effectively free, but to make it $100 completely free for everyone would mean that the government would be paying for it, and everyone's taxes would go up. And what if young people get this free education and do nothing with it? They never pay back society? Then we, the taxpayers paid for their education for nothing. I think college should be much more affordable than it is now, but not free.

  • Someone has to pay for the costs of college.

    There is no denying that the cost of college is out of control and it does need to be fixed. Going all the way to the other extreme is not the answer though. If it becomes free for the student then everyone else will pick up the tab for them. We do, however, need to tweak our system and bring the cost down and cap it. Not to mention the cost of books for school. That is another cost of school that has exploded that we need to bring down.

    Free school is not the answer for this country. We have a struggling economy, paired with poor spending. Adding school to an unbalanced budget would not save this country, especially at this time. Even if those who received a degree earned more, and in doing so paid more in taxes, that will still cost us now while we cannot afford it to get paid back after the damage is done. If we limit the cost of public universities and put community colleges on a sliding scale, that would be a better fix.

    Anyway you look at this, there is no simple answer. We need a more educated America, but we cannot afford to foot the bill at this moment.

  • Free does not mean free

    The idea that college education would be offered free of charge is an attractive one at first glance. However, as we all know, nothing is free. The Federal government would have to fund its part through higher taxes somewhere; therefore the taxpayers are paying for it. The rest, as proposed by Obama, would 'hopefully' be picked up by the states. That would imply higher taxes somewhere in the states as well. Since many taking advantage of 'free stuff' are not fully invested the long term outcome of self-sustaining independence, my concern would be the lack of accountability on the part of the 'students' taking advantage of the program. Would the professors be to blame as teachers are to blame in the Public School HS now? Because it is funded by taxpayers and states, will the curriculum be regulated so as not to offend anyone and limit free thinking?

  • Adults aren't children

    Sure it could be more affordable, but the purpose of higher education isn't to eradicate poverty or classes, it is designed for people who can benefit from it. Folks just want a free ride for as long as possible. But I doubt the "entitlement" generation is going to think it is a swell idea when they are the ones paying for everyone elses freebies. It is very short-sighted to continually give and expect nothing in return. I don't see how it is sustainable. You don't need a degree to give back to society or even be successful in life, likewise you don't need a degree to flip burgers. What of room and board, who feeds these able-bodied adults while they are at college? What of every person who is already saddled with responsibility at age 18? No, this idea is a selfish joke. Only those with resources to live without a job for four years will "benefit".

    Grow up people, high school is over, you had a free ride for 18 years, enough.

  • Who pays rent

    If college was completely free who would pay the rent for kids rents,food,and gas. Things that all come from loans which are a refund of the school and classified as living costs, if college was free there would be no loans and kids would focus more on work rather than school!

  • People just wouldn't care.

    First off, look at all of the people right now who don't care and take things for granted. If college was free it would just be another place that people wouldn't care about and take for granted. Making it free won't solve the education crisis. It will most likely make it worse. Another point is that most places can't afford free college. Even if they did make it free, they would have to raise the taxes to keep buildings in order since the buildings don't get money from the students tuition. All those people who couldn't afford college still won't be able to afford it because of this drastic raise in the taxes. It would be horrible!

  • Education should not be free.

    If college was 100% free that further ruin our economy. What would be the point in going to college if no jobs were open? That is what would happen if college was free. Also, free education would only apply to state schools. That being said private schools, such as Vanderbilt University, would not be free.


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Anonymous says2013-09-18T16:42:20.440
Higher education should be free, There should however be academic bench marks to ensure only serious, hard working students can get the free ride through college. It sickens me that schools charge so much, even the books and fees. Even if you get financial aid or tuition assistance, there are some people that can't even afford the remaining fees and costs of books
Anonymous says2013-09-18T16:44:43.477
My premise centers around the fact that people who do not go to college rarely advance in life. With that said, college would increase the amount of useful human beings that we have around. Of course this is no magic cure and there will still be those who go for nothing. But we have to look at the long term side of this. A couple of years later this world will have educated, skilled and wise people making this world a better place. Right now you will have your taxes raised and see some useless idiots in college - but look at history. When school was a rare commodity for the rich and powerful, the world was harsh to all. We should help people get to college as much as we can, because humanity's future depends on them.

My premise centers around the fact that people who do not go to college rarely advance in life. With that said, college would increase the amount of useful human beings that we have around. Of course this is no magic cure and there will still be those who go for nothing. But we have to look at the long term side of this. A couple of years later this world will have educated, skilled and wise people making this world a better place. Right now you will have your taxes raised and see some useless idiots in college - but look at history. When school was a rare commodity for the rich and powerful, the world was harsh to all. We should help people get to college as much as we can, because humanity's future depends on them.
Quan says2014-01-10T18:20:24.097
Education, like health care, cannot be considered a right without trampling on the rights of those who provide it. And just because the person receiving it is not paying for it doesn't make it free; it would be paid for with drastically increased taxes.