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  • Government should pay

    If public school is free, college should be too. People have potential, and if one is failing then they could just be kicked out. Rather than wasting money and then not even graduating. The percentage of people that succeed could possibly go up, if college was free. It would be a good idea to experiment and see how well people can do in college, if they did not have to pay anything.

  • Truly Benefits Society

    The federal government spends billions to help the impoverished in our nation. They give out welfare and other grants and subsidies but this does not address the real problem. If all Americans were given a good equal education then poverty would evaporate quickly. The reasoning behind this is that once a citizen starts producing for society instead of draining it, the economy will explode with a stronger middle class and consumer market. This would, in turn, eliminate poverty.

  • Yes, the Government should pay for our higher education.

    It may cost the Government a lot in the short term, but in the long term if everyone who wanted to was able to get free higher education they would be able to get higher paying jobs. This would result in more money being put into our economy and we would eventually everyone would have a better standard of living. We may also be able to get this country out of debt when all the people who make more money can pay more taxes.

  • Yes the goverment should pay for our colleges

    Yes because some people don't have the money to pay for ones childerns's education so I say the government should pay for college. For example I have 2 sisters and 1 brother my mom wont be able to pay for all our colleges could she. Its not just me who is not able to pay for a college. Many other people cant to that.

  • People that can't afford it should in some ways should get some kind of help.

    I know the the goverment does not pay for the college, has other expenses and you really can survive without college in some cases. But for people that can't really afford it, should at least have some scholarship or something or may just take a percentage of their pay check if they work, so the goverment can get some of it back. But abiously they should check you situation first.

  • We Need A good Education.

    Yes, the government should pay for education because to be educated is a human right. Same with to have water food and be able to breathe clean air is a human right as well but yet we pay for all four of those things. What is wrong with the government these days. Its so corrupt. There slowly taking all of us down. Anyway getting back on topic, why should we pay for something that couldn't even be true? Most of the things we read out of our history books are a complete lie because they sugar coat everything because in reality everything was worse then what they tell us. If we all knew the truth the world world be a complete disaster. No one should have to pay for there rights but that's what the government has us doing.

  • Yes

    Free schooling and free healthcare should always be made available for everyone. Even if it is not needed people may want to do it and everyone should have an equal chance to excel in the field they love. In many countries over the world they have free education and it works great for them. In Australia we have a HEX system which is a fairly good system. We have our University paid for us until we get a stable job and have a certain income then we pay a tiny percent of our university loan back (if we are able to), when we die the debt dies with us if still there it isn't left to our loved ones.

  • Yes. The goverment should pay for college.

    Yes, I do believe this statement. I have had a problem of coming up with money to pay for college. If government paid for it, that would be awesome. I think in the future this issue will be raised and discussed. I think that this would be perfect for today's colleges and would provide the need of every American.

  • Yes, the Government Should Pay for College

    The government should pay for college for its citizens, because an educated society is far more equipped to deal with the coming of the changing, more globalized world. On a global scale citizens of all countries will have to compete against people from other countries whose educational systems may be superior to theirs. In order to properly prepare for that eventuality, each government should pay for college for its citizens.

  • The world is not a world its an object

    Yes the government should pay for college. I definitely think that the government should pay for college not only because education should be the main priority, but some students want to go to college and cant afford it. Who is going to help them? We can no longer rely on scholarships. They are only offered to a certain group of people. Lastly I think the government is in charge of our education and should certainly pay for our college.
    They should not. Because they dont have enough money to pay for your college. And you dont really need college. The government needs to focus more on the economy.Some of the people who go to college dont even get the benifits that most college graduates get. The government shold not pay for coolege.

  • Your going to be paying for other peoples education for the rest of your life.

    The government is already spending enough if they are to pay more we are going to complain about the debt. There is a reason college is expensive. The teachers are more expensive along with the equipment. In the long run it would likely not be worth it considering you will pay for it until you die or leave the country. College space is also limited not everyone that wants to go to college can go to college, there is a reason they limit it.

  • Nothing Is Free

    Nothing is free. Everything must be paid for by someone. My belief is that it is inherently wrong to extort money from another person to support your cause, no matter how noble it is, which is what it means for the government to be involved with something.

    Deontology aside, I think that working to make college more affordable (and I am referring to the net cost, not just the cost to the student) is a better strategy than simply handing out tuition. Eliminating general education, for example, would drastically cut costs for students who want to learn about engineering but can't afford an extra year and $40k to be "well rounded." Also, Youtube, Wikipedia, and textbooks can provide as good an education to the persistent student as a university, the only difference is that you have no degree to show for it. Offering a way for these students to prove their competence in their subject, such as allowing them to pay for college examinations without paying for the lectures, would also provide a much more economical solution for determined students to acquire a degree.

  • No the government has too many expenses

    The government should not be responsible for paying for college. I do think the government though should be responsible for stepping in and reducing the price of college. Some of the yearly tuition are simply too much. The government should have regulations for tuition but not pay for it themselves.

  • No education = investment

    Obtaining a higher level of education is, simply put, an investment. By getting a degree, you are looking to obtain a job that doesn't require you to flip burgers on a daily basis and with that generally comes a higher rate of pay. I think it's great if the government can offer student loans with lowered interest rates but free college is simply not realistic--where is that money going to come from?

  • Where the governments going to get all that money

    I do not support that government should pay for college. Yes, college is really expensive these days, but it is worth it if you go to a good college. And another question that will come is, where is the money from the government coming from. Unfortunantly, here's the facts. The government can't afford that. Please remember that college is optional, and is not needed to survive. The government should deal with other stuff like economy or healthcare.

  • Free college is a great dream, but not feasible.

    The government should not pay for college. Ideally, all education would be free, and everyone would have equal access to a great education. Unfortunately, as a country we just can't afford it. The government already supports higher education, putting college within reach of low to middle income students with Pell Grants and low interest, government-guaranteed loans. While free college for all is a great dream, it's just not feasible in this economic climate.

  • College should not be on the government's dime.

    While I do not think the government should pay for college outright, I do think the tax code needs to be overhauled. Books, tuition, and room and board should all be deductible at their full amounts, with only very rare exceptions. If the full amounts could be deducted, many more people would be able to afford to send their children to top schools.

  • We should not pay for college education.

    If you want free education, you need to earn it. Join the military. Do something with your life. I do not want to pay for someone else's college when they are going to try and go after a gender studies degree. If you serve our country, then you get free education

  • Shouldn't make other people suffer

    Because the way the government is set up the taxes that us Americans pay is basically us paying for other peoples education and not enough money for our own families. That's why so many people is on welfare they barely have enough money to buy their own education so why should they pay for someone Else's education.

  • No the government shouldn't pay for universal college tuition

    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.
    A mere $62.6 billion dollars!

    62.6 billion dollars is how much the government would have to pay for every single person nationwide for 1 year of college according to the research done by the Atlantic.

    According to new Department of Education data, that's how much tuition public colleges collected from undergraduates in 2012 across the entire United States. And I'm not being facetious with the word mere, either. The New America Foundation says that the federal government spent a whole $69 billion in 2013 on its hodgepodge of financial aid programs, such as Pell Grants for low-income students, tax breaks, work study funding. And that doesn't even include loans.


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djh101 says2014-02-03T06:06:09.317
A few things to remember:
1) The government does not have money. Every dime the government is using to fund something comes from extorting its citizens (feel free to take out the word "extorting" if you find that too extreme).

2) College is formal education, which is only a subbranch of education. Reading books, browsing Wikipedia, watching Youtube lectures, and debating with peers are all also forms of education. Contrary to popular belief, it is more than possible to learn new things outside of a formal institution. Remember, we all learned how to talk, walk, and reason before we were even old enough for kindergarten.