• It's a right, not a privilege.

    In the US, higher education is seen as a privilege and not a right, but not everyone has that privilege and with the way higher education costs now, less and less people will be able to go. Sure there's aid, but it's not enough to cover the rising costs without putting students into an insane amount of debt. There's only a limited amount of money one can take out without having that extra stress in their lives, and not everyone can get their parents to pay or help take out loans. For example, my parents couldn't cosign for me to take out student loans for college because their credit was so terrible (they lost their house a few years ago). I was then told by the financial aid office "you don't have to go to college if you can't afford it". Now a year has passed since then and I'm planning to drop out because the costs have risen even more and I'm getting less aid. Eventually this has to stop, because clearly the way things are going now don't work and they haven't for a long time now.

  • Yes! Yes! Yes!

    Knowledge should not come with a price tag. I actually wish it was how it was back in the days when people were taught their professions by other people while on the job, or accepted into schools based on high marks. Winning a scholarship should be attainable to all people who do well academically.

  • Absolutely!

    Everyone should have access to college educational opportunities. Just because you can't pay for it doesn't mean you shouldn't go. If higher education were free, maybe some people would be a bit brighter. And in my very personal opinion, if you haven't gone to college, then you should have no vote in whether college is free or not...

  • Higher Education should be free!

    some people cant afford it and if they really are showing intrest in getting a higher education they should be able not having to worry about the cost.

  • Yes

    Education is the most important thing you can have. You can go anywhere with an education. We as humans need currency to get around and basically live, you wont have that if you dont have a job. A (good) job is acquired through an education. If you cannot afford an education, then you're considered a failure?

  • Higher Education should be free

    People have more opportunities for job and employment if they are educated meaning they have access to material conditions which they need for better life such as health care and some necessary services which give protection and safety. In addition, if someone from a poor background got educated, he or she can escape from the poverty cycle and generation gets improved with the help of jobs and being employed as a result of higher education. Higher education means good jobs and employment. If more people are highly educated, people will be more considerate, responsible, independent,and reliable for some reasons. All people should be given the rights to free education to get rid of poverty and inhumanity. It doesn't mean people who aren't educated are inhumane. Of course, there are some people out there who are way more intelligent and ethical then people who are educated.

  • Yes, Yes, and Yes.

    As more people get degrees, jobs that required a High School diploma are now demanding Associates and Bachelor degrees. The lower your degree the more years of experience are demanded from you by the firm you are applying to. As a result, a college degree is becoming a necessity for High School graduates in order to find a job that pays a living wage.

    The government should fund the universities and colleges directly rather than give out loans to students so that the students will not be overburdened by debt and be forced to move back with their parents. People are more reluctant than ever to start a family because they feel they cannot handle the expenses of a child while the married couple have yet to pay Uncle Sam his money. People will be less likely to spend money, which is bad for the economy and businesses; especially when people are underemployed because of the current economic climate.

    If the government wants to truly stimulate the economy, they will forgive student loan debt so that people can get that piece of paper that qualifies them for a job, start their lives, and get the money flowing out of the pockets and into the economy.

    From a quality standpoint, making higher education a taxpayer funded entity will not diminish it's quality. What will diminish it's quality, however, are the individual professors that care more about their own projects and research than teaching students; which is what is happening today. The schools can remain prestigious by accepting those who meet their standards, prestige should not be based on how much money you spend for your degree.

    Making higher education free is a fiscally and socially responsible decision that will ensure everyone has a chance to earn a degree without having to jump through hoops in order to get enough money to attend a college/university. This country could enjoy a well-informed and educated population that contributes a great deal to our nation. As it stands today we as a country are one of the least educated among first world nations, and I firmly believe that this is because higher education is out of reach for so many. This needs to change.

  • This is a no-brainer.

    All we are hearing, is news of tuition rates increasing. This is not setting a very good example of the incentives for attending college. People need to be motivated, and feel inspired. College, is much more than memorizing key terms, for a quiz, suffering from sleep deprivation, and stressing over getting a 'REQUIRED' course cancelled at the last moment.

    The focus, needs to be on the student's. Give student's the opportunity, and drive to discover the true joy of learning, without imposing all of the monetary constraints that have become so commonplace.

  • Education should be about inspiring ones mind , not just filling their head.

    Education should be provided to every individual at no cost. Education should be out there to inspire peoples mind and not just filling their head with others perspective. Every individual has the right to learn and be educated, and have the opportunity to view this world in a different perspective and do something on their own. But the cost of education is so unaffordable to some mankinds that it is just ferocious for them to even consider paying those education bills off.

  • University is an easy way to change the economy

    With a higher education status it is easier to find higher level jobs and is best for most people. If everyone was able to have access to university it would be easier for poorer people to change their living situation. Also people who are smarter and cannot afford to go will then be able to go possibly help our country move forward in evolution.

  • It should not

    The country will have a big strain with the money and many people don't even want to go. Money doesn't just grow on trees so it will eventually come back to us. We will have higher tax rates, And many people are struggling with money. What about the people have don't have any children, Or didn't go to college, They now have to pay for someone else's education. All in all it should not be covered by taxes for many reasons, This being one of many.

  • A life of disappointment

    I’ve heard so many people tell their children that they can be anything they want to be by working hard. This is unrealistic and cruel. Yes, You may be the next Obama, But you’re more likely to be underemployed and highly dissatisfied. Unrealistic goals breed contempt for others and cause emotional problems. There’s nothing wrong with being a plumber or an electrician and if we spend more resources showing the value of blue collar work, We’ll have a larger population that gets to share in the American Dream.

  • K-12 is a right. College is not.

    College, unlike K-12, is not a right. Most people who start attend college when they are adults and ready to be independent. Not every individual is willing or ready to go to college or university. Instead of making college free for all, the government should introduce an education fund that is contributed both by the parents and the government and that could be used to any educational purposes including college, trade school or other training. Free college is not the answer to all the social-economic problem.

    Some may say that many European countries offer free college. I suggest them to do their research on those countries tax wedge and the amount of the student loan their students have. After all, it is the taxpayers who shoulder the cost of the "free tuition" and if students graduate with a degree but not the ability and skills to find a job, what good is a degree for?

  • Negative effect overall

    Free education will give negative effect overall. From raising the taxes to quality and value of education. Getting free education will make many students to value it less and who will not put in their efforts to study. So, we may end up having overloaded supply of low quality specialists.

  • Expensive building costs

    As you all know, construction doesn't come for free. It costs a lot of money to build even a house, let alone a whole university! While using a lot of money building infrastructure, and not receiving any, it is a negative outcome. We will lose lots of money and that would be catastrophic.

  • NO, NO Way: Cost, Quality, Control, Value,

    Who is paying the cost and how will that affect me? Taxes
    What Quality am I getting? Bad
    What Control do I have over it? No Control
    What Value will students and other stakeholders place on it? Cheap
    Higher education should not be free because of the Cost, Quality, Control and Value, - -Kpasra

  • While intentions are good, they'll actually fail

    My suggestion would be for readers to go listen to the highly acclaimed economist Milton Freedman. This discussion goes back even into the 60's, but the general public had a greater understanding of taxation, civics, etc.

    There are a number of reasons this fails, primarily because those in the lower income brackets actually end up subsidizing those in the higher income brackets (as opposed to what they want - which is the other way around). Also, while it is a "feel good" statement to say an educated population is a benefit to all - but at what cost. If that education quality degrades lower than it currently exists, will having more uneducated graduates be better for society?

    Additionally, if we are going to subsidize education believing it is better for society, should we subsidize new business as well? After all, some of the greatest endeavors of modern times were done by people without college degrees. There is no statistical evidence that people with college degrees are more innovative and have more of an impact on creation of goods and services.

    Maybe we should focus on fixing K-12 education to better prepare students for their vocations and life in general, than worry about the number of years of education they receive?

  • Make students vale their education more.

    Let say if you enter university or college without paying any fee, will you put 100% effort to study? Some students will, but frankly speaking, the majority of students will not. They tend to take an easy-three-year of relaxation instead of hard working. Therefore, it will lead to wasting time and money and doesn't get anything at all. It would be much better if the government use that amount of money to give scholarships for those who have true passion and determination of studying

  • No no no

    It will just raise the taxes. If we allow free school then our country will be a mess. It is impossible to be able to allow free school while taxes remain the same. The liberal think that charging the top one percent and Wall Street will allow free college. IT WON'T.

  • Detrimental allocation of jobs which ultimately burdens society.

    By making tertiary education free you: Firstly, put huge burden on the sate which leads to a drop in teaching and application standards through a lack of funding. Secondly, you incentivize more people (who would not necessarily have gone to university due to bad marks and would have been put off by the high cost of entrance) to go to a institution of higher learning. This is detrimental for several reasons: Firstly, you have an over qualified society of lawyers, doctors engineers etc. and a deficit of skill based labour such as plumbers, electricians, (and more menial labour e.G street sweepers) . This is detrimental for many obvious reasons: your excess of over qualified people have no jobs to fill, and you lack the skill based labour necessary for society to function.

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