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  • Yes, higher education should be free.

    There are many talented students who does not have money to pay for school. If simply cannot afford highter education then their talent is wasted.

  • Yes, and it should be a requirement.

    Higher education is the way of the future, and the way to progress in what is now a global economy. I've always believed that by junior year of high school, students should be required to choose 2 years in the military, 2 years in vocational/trade school, or two years at a college-level institution to receive an associates degree. With a better start in life and a higher income from either of these paths, students would be on better track to self-pay for any additional education or start a career.

  • 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.

  • Higher education should be offered to all for free, because good schooling makes a huge difference in a person's life.

    One of the main differences between poverty and wealth is a good education. Inner city youth are statistically more likely to drop out of high school or, at the most, stop at a high school diploma. Suburban kids and elite neighborhoods with little to no crime have well-educated and, thus, well-employed residents.

    Posted by: Ramon Griffith
  • I would love to see the U.S. adopt a more European view of education, and have it cost little, or even be free.

    The current forms of higher education in the U.S. are very expensive. Having a merit-based system would be great. The standards for staying in school could be raised, such as having to maintain a high grade point average, being banned from school a year, instead of academic probation, and to take out sports from the universities, and make them a different playing field, all their own.

    Posted by: PointlessElbert47
  • Yes!

    The cost of providing higher education would not outweigh the benefits of society. Most employers want to hire an employee with a degree and preferably some experience; so, a degree would be necessary for a majority of jobs. Moreover, this would not exacerbate the unemployment issue, as more qualified individuals would be consuming more distinguished jobs. e.g. There is an estimated 500 open architecture jobs in Ohio, not anyone can walk off the street and become an architect. More students going to college would thus increase the number of architects able to fill these open jobs. There have not been any unemployed people, but instead 500 hired.

  • 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...

  • 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?

  • Of Course!

    Why do students drop-out of college? The answer is simple, according to a research conducted by Apollo, 71.3 percent of students drop out because of the cost of college. That’s near 3/4th of the population of college students. The United States is ranked ninth in the amount of adults attending college. However; there is a big gap in the college attainment. Only a little more than half of students from low to medium income families attain college, while pretty much every kid from a wealthy family enrolls in college. That, however, is not as big of a problem as the fact that only 25 percent of those students from the low income families graduate. As for our academics, the U.S. is actually lagging behind. In the PISA or program for international student assessment, the U.S. Scored place twenty-five on the list. In the top place was Finland. The U.S. scored below the average in the math score. A research at The Hoover Institute named Eric A. Hanushek found out a surprising calculation. If the United States could up its math score by 40 points, we could add between 7 and 11 percent to the GDP in the next 80 years. This Money would be substantial to fund college.
    (Cavanagh, Sean. “U.S. Education Pressured by International Comparisions”. Vol. 31. Retrieved from
    http://www.edweek.org/ew/articles/2012/01/12/16overview.h31.html)
    The White House. Nov. 2011. Web. October 8, 2012. Retrieved from http://www.whitehouse.gov/issues/education/higher- education

  • It would be fairly.

    Any education should be provided for free because everyone should have a chance to get it, especially developing countries in which many families don't have enough money to send their child to school. And as the result we often face illiteracy. Free education could improve the level of development of the society all in all, people would be busy with much more serious and global problems of nowadays than today, which could be easily solved in case the world would have more brilliant and educated minds.

  • From where will the money come?

    Don't just see the 10 percent of iceberg, lets dig till the bottom of it. From where will the money come? Obviously they'll raise all taxes. And it will make the poor more poorer and have no chance at all to send their kids to school. Institution that provides loan will incapable of helping them anymore since if the free education was relevant at that time. All the expenses and daily needs will be more expensive than before. It will be a burden to all...

  • Higher education is not water in the ocean, but water in a bottle .

    You can take or drink water in the sea as much as you want because it is not made in USA, or Indonesia. No country or no one put the water there On the other hand, water in a bottle (mineral water) is produced by someone or enterprise with a lot of investment. How can the two same different things likened ? Higher education is the mineral water that is produced by professors with high investment. It should not be free. Another reason is at free higher education leads to poor quality because it will be supplied or served by low paid (unmotivated) human resources. BRAVO GATS

  • Not entirely

    There should be special student loans for those who have less money, but not free. If they could find a way to do this without raising taxes and increasing spending, I'd be fine. To be quite honest, that won't happen.

  • Absolutely not ... (Global Village)

    Generally I would say that it’s a good thing, to offer education to all for free. But if you take a special view on this, you will notice, that the government cannot offer free education just like that. The government would have to make more money, so they would increase the taxes. So it’s another way of redistribution.
    And if you think, that everyone would have better chances for a job now, then you are wrong. Because there are also other skills asked for some jobs which you can’t learn at the university, for example practice experience. So it’s a bad thing, to offer free education to everyone.

  • No, because many vocations do not need or require higher education.

    The cost of providing higher education would outweigh the benefits to society. Many vocational jobs require apprenticeships and in-house training, rather than a college degree. So, a college education would not be necessary for many. Furthermore, this would likely further exacerbate the unemployment issue, as there would simply be more qualified candidates vying for the same career opportunities.

    Posted by: MarkBuII
  • No. as soon as it is free, the value of it will go down.

    Money is needed to fund education, research, and advancements. Tuition is necessary, and as soon as you hand out education for free, the overall value of that education will go out the window.

  • If it's free, will we value it more or less?

    If we made education free I feel that the value for education would plummet in a downward spiral, along with the value for education. The reason why we value our high education so much is because we know we're putting a lot on the line for the education we seek. The loans we have taken out for this education is what reminds us why we're pursing out this dream. If it was free we wouldn't have as much drive and not to mention many would abuse this education policy. If we made education free how would the professors who teach us get paid? Or the faculty who serves the school? There are many issues with making education free. But if they could lower tuition and give colleges more funding to help support students with their educational needs that would be the proper solution to this issue.

  • It could fail in the USA.

    Look what people are doing with their rights, which are mostly free. Even if you got it free, that would just start different way of not letting in some people into the best schools. More tests, more everything. Making it free would make it good for some professors as the demand could go up, but then it would be just like a high school program.

  • There will be consequences.

    Especially when it comes to other means of collecting money from the masses. It is highly likely that the government will expect income from other sources such as rise in tax and ultimately rise in everything possible. And to add, providing it for free means bad quality of education because everyone can afford to have it. Teachers will be less inspired to teach since what they do is something the children hardly value, because they got it for free. Schools also will be of less quality since everyone has access to it. In short, good things come with a price.

  • More qualified college grads competing for jobs will reduce pay for all.

    There are already tons of graduating college students out there competing for the same few jobs. The more desperate they become, the more likely they will be to accept those "good" jobs at lower pay. Also I think it says a lot about a person who worked really hard to come up with the money to put themselves though school. In the U.S., I know from personal experience that anyone can do it if they put the time in and work hard enough. I earned the majority of my tuition working two jobs near minimum wage, I borrowed the rest and I am paying it off with the job the college degree helped win me. If it becomes free employers will expect it from everyone as a basic requirement, and having a college degree won't mean much more than having a high school diploma. This country cannot afford to be offering any more handouts, though I do favor this handout over funding some other country's war.


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