• Yes, it should.

    The cost of going to college has gone up dramatically in the past few decades. The price of education should go up at a reasonable rate and the government should help students out with more financial aid and more grants. Everyone who wants an education should be able to get an education and shouldn't have to work the rest of their lives to pay it off.

  • Yes it should.

    Higher education should be more affordable or even free. Right now, the average cost is around $350 for each credit, if not more! That is completely expensive, and that doesn't even include books. I really don't see why the price is so high. Professors make a lot, but only if they are senior professors. Many professors don't make much at all!

  • Education should be affordable at all levels.

    I think that education should be affordable at all levels for anybody that wants to learn. Learning is the foundation upon which the future is built, and making it hard for our nations residents to attain this higher education is a backwards and disgusting way to run the country we live in.

  • Yes it is currently a major problem

    Education is the key to our future. It helps people today get jobs and also helps the youth of America to learn and advance technology. Today though there are many people who can't afford to get the education they want or deserve. If people want the education they should be able to get it.

  • Yes They Should

    I believe it is important that we change our policies for high education and attempt to offer it for free, as some other countries have done. America has become less competitive because we can not compete with other countries educational standards. I think with the advances we have made, it is also needed to further educate young people so they are more viable.

  • Yes, but only for those who deserve it

    Education should be free, or at least cheap, but only for good students who will be able to do something with it.

    We already have too many unemployed graduates, not only because they are too many for the needs of the economy, but also because many of them go to diploma mills and graduate without knowing anything. Plus, there should be limits in the number of places in major with poor employment perspectives.

    We should limit the college admission to smart and academic minded students, by making the admissions more rigorous, and impose a limit in the number of places available in majors with big unemployment. We could introduce entrance examinations in university, limit the admissions to kids with more than 1500 in the SAT, among other things, while keeping education cheap.

    On the other hand, we should also provide an alternative to kids who are less academic and more practical minded. They should be able to follow a more practical education and learn a valuable profession with good employment perspectives, while gaining work experience in companies.

    Basically, this is what is done in Germany or Switzerland. Only strong academic minded students go to university (no diploma mills there), while those who prefer practice to theory follow more practical and specialized courses, where they cooperate with companies. And both have a very cheap education (about a thousand dollars per year, or less!). The result? Very low unemployment among young people and a strong economy!

  • A good education should be available for everyone.

    Everyone should be given the right to a fantastic education. People campaign for equal rights and opportunities for women and black people; why should this be any different? Just because some one does't have a ridiculous amount of money, it doesn't mean that they don't have the capability needed to attend higher education. Perhaps if a wider range of people could access higher education and the opportunities it brings, we would see a new generation of politicians with new and exciting ideas for our country and society.

  • Scholarships, loans, higher education, future career, university and college.

    Higher education should be affordable. Firstly, economy of a country depends on a number of qualified workers. It is the priority of the government to have more educated workers and that's why they need to grant scholarships for talented students. Secondly, the financial aid is very important for poor families who don't have enough money to pay for colleges. Without help those students could not find good job and build better future. Also, the price for tuition in universities should be affordable in order to involve more students who does not have any financial aid. Many options should be created for them , for example: low interest student loans, tuition waivers, internships, and part-time job opportunities.

  • Utilization of existing intellectual resources

    Students who have mental capacities but no means of paying for education should be taken into consideration. We don't want to lose brains because we want to make money. The ministry of education is urged to look into similar cases in order to benefit from present rational resources. Importing qualified students from other countries comes back with the same payments. So why not make use of what we already have? Higher education should be affordable.

  • -and over inflate the already inflated market? How about no.

    It's simple. As much as we HATE the fact that colleges are ridiculously expensive, and as much as we HATE the fact that our society believes in a go-or-no-job policy when it comes to college tuition, there is nothing good that will come of this except about 8 million more students with no place that will employ them. We have enough unemployed college grads as it is, and many of those who DO have jobs are overqualified... Many aren't even over store managers, bank tellers, or supervisors. Having a degree won't get you a job, and if you have an additional HORDE of people to compete with, things only get worse for you, your family, and your country. Nothing good can come of low-cost education except further dilution of the American Dream, and America itself.

    Now, why do I say this? It's a process known as "Academic Inflation." It already exists, phone up some old buddies from college and see where they are today. Chances are that under half of them even have a semi-decent job, and when you have schools that are blatantly profiting off of American teens already, just imagine what kind of a hellish festival it would become if you decided to incorporate a bulk of impoverished or otherwise students that normally would just go into the trades as a form of employment. From the perspective of college administration, you wouldn't be able to manage that many students, and you would not be able to afford it.

    I could explain the dangers of this all day, but the people you find in the "Yes" column are more than likely going to be pre-secondary education or impoverished, thus will have a biased view that favors making it easier for they and their children if it came to be an option (despite the many chances for a scholarship that exist). Among graduates, it is COMMON KNOWLEDGE that the degree is only a qualification, and isn't going to go out and get you a job, and you aren't going to get a job by flashing it at the interview. It's the connections that you make that matter after college.

    If anything, they should make it harder to get into college. Raise the ACT requirement.


  • College Isn't For Everyone

    There is a false notion in this country that if a person attends college and performs well, then he or she will be able to get a job that pays well, purchase a decent home, start a family, and live the 'American Dream.'

    This notion is far from the truth. Not everyone needs to go or should go to college. High school seniors who are ambitious and/or wish to learn engineering, medicine, or law should most definitely attend college. But for those students who have no idea what they want to do, have little ambition and motivation to do well in school, and who did not perform well in high school should not attend a four-year college. Perhaps a technical school or a community college, but definitely not a four-year college.

    If anything, college should become less affordable by making it more difficult to obtain a federal loan. Is it fair that a valedictorian of a high school is eligible for the same amount of federal funding as the student who performed at the very bottom of the same high school? In addition to a family's finances, the federal government should look at the college that the prospective student wants to attend and that student's grades, transcript, and test scores to determine that he or she will be able to pay back the loan.

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