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Should Public Universities Become Tuition-Free?

In recent years, the amount in student loans that Americans owe has risen drastically. According to one study, the amount of student debt has grown by 170% over the past ten years. Currently, analysts estimate that college graduates owe around $1.5 trillion in loans taken out to pursue a higher education degree. As the price of college continues to go up, policymakers have proposed making public universities tuition-free to prevent future generations of students from becoming saddled with debt.

Those who support public universities having free tuition argue that doing so will make higher education more accessible to all people. This side argues that the high cost of college and large amounts of student debt that is currently being accrued negatively affects the financial future of college graduates.

Those who oppose public universities having free tuitions argue that doing so would remove the personal responsibility that paying for tuition fosters. This side argues that students have more of a commitment to working hard toward finishing a degree if they have to pay some money toward it.

So, what do you think? Should public universities become tuition-free? Students can either argue Yes, the public colleges should become tuition-free, No, public colleges should not become tuition-free, or something in between!

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Current Standings:
Yes: 40%
No: 60%
  • Patrick from Massachusetts

    Horace Mann, the founder of universal education in the United States, once stated that “Education…beyond all other devices of human origin, is the great equalizer of the conditions of men, the balance-wheel of the social machinery.” His words are not an opinion but a fact. The United States must break the shackles of student-debt and educational inequality. We are a country built on the idea that all men are created equal, yet nothing is equal about the education gap and income gap between the poor and wealthy. We must promote the ideas of our founding fathers and make tuition-free universities in order to promote equality and grow as a nation.
    America ought to make universities tuition-free to help close the gap between the social classes. In present day, social mobility is decreasing as the 1% are growing at the expense of everyone else. The present day situation with higher education is nothing like it had been in the past. In 1973, Pell grants covered 75% of university costs. In 2013, they only cover 30%. Average annual costs at in-state public institutions skyrocketed 200% since 1988 to average over $10,000 now. By graduation, the average student takes out a $29,200 loan. One does not have to look far to see why the poor are discouraged from attending university. When one comes from families where their parents work two jobs or where the student has to work to put food on the table, numbers such as those are incomprehensible and impossible to pay off. The idea does not even pop into their heads. By allowing for free tuition, they become more informed and persuaded to join a college.
    It is an indubitable fact that people with 4 year degrees make more than those with high school diplomas. As the world progresses, a college degree will be necessary to compete in the job market and make sufficient funds to live. By depriving the poor of a college education through financial means, we are preventing them from progress, which is undeniably paralleled with the pursuit of happiness. Colleges should not be a risk; it should be a right.
    Some might claim that free tuition would decrease the quality of education, but that is false given that a university in properly run. With a larger percentage of lower-class students, new ideas are shared and new experiences are understood. An assimilation of new ideas allows for innovative, unseen progress in society. If more people went to university, more faculty could be hired to help keep the quality of education high. Through taxes on billionaires and through a reduction of tax loopholes on Wall Street, this could be funded. By not worrying about debt, students would also have an improved mental health; the constantly depressing burden of money would be relieved and stress levels would decrease. People would worry less about working a job outside of school to pay off their astronomical costs and focus more on engaging in quality conversation and quality educational enrichment.
    Our founding father John Adams once stated “The whole people must take upon themselves the education of the whole people, and must be willing to bear the expenses of it.” As previously asserted, education is the key to a better future. For posterity to thrive, public universities must be tuition-free.

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  • Alba from Virginia

    I think that public universities should become tuition-free. I think this because of my prospects of going into college and for the 69.7 percent of students that graduated high school and enrolled in college in 2016. Student debt is something that most, if not all, students think about at least once or twice when thinking of getting a higher education. In fact, this is an aspect that usually drives some of these people with brilliant minds to shy away from pursuing college/ university. ‘Student loan debt is now the second-highest consumer debt category – behind only mortgage debt”, says an article on Forbes, an official business magazine. This huge fear of being caught underneath the weight of an overly large debt is was makes many students stress over education, and in some cases regret doing so. It is also good to mention that in many countries, like Norway, Germany, and France, public universities already exist. In fact, many American students transfer to these foreign European countries in order to escape the price of tuition in the United States for a fee of about $200 U.S. dollars. This, like any new government taxed proposition, is pushed against by those who worry about paying more and don’t see the reason in inadvertently helping with others’ education. The same complains were heard and continue to be heard from those who don’t want to pay for free public schools (kindergarten – 12th grade). Though complaints and allegations will most likely not quell anytime soon, the sliver possibility of getting a higher education is more than many can ask for.

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  • Jonathan from Florida

    With China rising as an industrial giant America is struggling to maintain supremacy over the global market and a Bette educated America is the most feasible solution to that issue. China can far outcompete American prices for goods due to their lack of a minimum wage and competitive workforce, and we will never be able to recover in this area. The good news is that America has the greatest thinkers in the world, and if we push our citizens into this market rather than trying to revive the old one we will achieve prosperity. America is the leader in many industries which require higher levels of education such as video game production and weapons designing.
    Between Warren and Bernie’s plans I think I should point out the better of the two, this is definitely Bernie’s. Bernie offers to pay for 2/3 of college expenses whereas Warren wants to pay half and have the states pay the other half. Bernie’s is more expensive and seems to cover less, but when you take into account their tax plans and the fact that states are just going to take the free college money and put up nothing themselves you see that Bernie really has the upper hand. Bernie wants to charge a .5% tax on stock trades which will ease a tremendous amount of money and will naturally take more from the upper class without specifically singling them out. Warren wants a household value tax which means that the government would either take self reported values or have to audit people to find out how much they owe in taxes. This tax plan also doesn’t take into account issues such as property value, what happens when you have more than 93% of your value in property and stocks? Do you have to sell to pay your taxes?
    The argument against the free college argues that it favors the middle class and actually harms the lower and upper classes claiming that people would study more under this system and the poor still would not get in. The oversight is that most of the middle-upper and upper class students already study with tutors in order to get into college, this would just allow lower and middle class families more money for studying and create a sort of ceiling effect that would reveal who was truly the smartest rather than who has the most money. It would also favor the upper class who tend to prefer private schools as those schools would have to drop their prices in order to compete with the public schools anyway.
    Some also argue that if the system were payed for by the government that it would grow massively inefficient. They overlook the fact that public schools are called such because they are already subsidized by the government in order to make the operation prices cheaper.
    Some point to Germany as an example of free public schools failing but this is simply not the case. Germany made the unfortunate mistake of making their schools internationally free which means that the best and brightest from around the globe compete with Germans to get into these schools, unfortunately this means that the less intelegent Germans are pissed aside in favor of foreigners. Germany now trying to charge money isn’t due to a lack of money, it actually generates money through the tourism industry, the reason for the policy change is to keep foreigners from pushing the natives out of college seats.
    Having free colleges, rather than pushing the quality of education down, would improve the quality of education. The higher demand for teachers due to the influx of students would quickly be filled in creating more innovation in that line of work because as industries have more demand industry naturally follows. This would cause a lower demand for private colleges which in turn would mean that their teachers wouldn’t be paid as well and so they would be more likely to work at public colleges rather than private ones.
    The most arguable point I have heard from those against free college is that it creates a lack of accountability because the students owe nothing if they fail. This is part of the reason that I believe that Andrew Yang has the best policy. Yang wants to make two year colleges free for all Americans and four year universities much cheaper than they currently are, he also proposes a tax plan that pays for the program with a tax on luxury items such as diamond, which, like Bernie’s tax plan, does not directly target the rich and can be avoided with restraint. This plan means that the hard working students who go to two year colleges so that they can work as soon as possible can do do without paying and those who go to four year universities have the opportunity to get a better paying job but are still held accountable for how they spend their time in college.
    In summary, free college would push up the quality of education, create many higher level jobs such as teaching and engineering, and create a more fair system for deciding which students get into college.

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  • David from Massachusetts

    I think public universities should be free because with the system right now college costs are to high for the normal family to afford. With costs becoming so high it has favored the rich as they don’t have to worry about massive amount of loans straight out of college. The regular person coming out of college does have to worry about and with some people cant find a jobs straight out of college so they don’t have a way of paying their loans. Most jobs require a college degree so most people are forced to takes these loans. All these issues could be solved if public universities became free. Everyone would be on an even playing field since no one would be paying for public university. People would not have to pay college loans so they could use their money somewhere else and that in turn would put more money into the economy. Free education is already provided from kindergarten to high school so college should be included in that. College had become a necessity nowadays not a luxury and everyone should be able to have access to it not just the rich.

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  • Jake from Kentucky

    Free college has become more and more common throughout many countries throughout the world. These countries have seen great success as more students can go to college and therefore more students graduate going into the workforce. In the United States, as price of college admissions and average student loan debt out of college has risen exponentially, pay, especially minimum wage, has largely stagnated. This only furthers the issue, as student debt becomes a near insurmountable task for the average American, and most lawmakers influencing the decisions grew up in a time where student debt, even when accounted for inflation, largely floated around less than 10k per student. To keep our kids out of debt, free public college should be implemented nation wide.

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  • Jack from Kentucky

    Public universities should not be free because it would provide an unnecessary incentive for people to stay longer in college or drop out of college and increase costs to the taxpayers. If college were free, I think that many people might be more interested in try out college and seeing what it is like before they make their decision on whether they want to complete college. Many of these people who are just sampling college are more likely to drop out and burden the pockets of taxpayers. Instead, college should be “free” via scholarships. The government should pass bills to reroute much of the $8,081,000,000 dollars in mandatory spending for our peace-of-mind military towards scholarships for college. These scholarships would not be awarded only to the best submissions, but rather to whichever submissions appear to be the product of plenty of hard work and invested time. In this way, hard working people who want to go to college and lead a successful life have the opportunity to do so, while people who might be more likely to drop out of college are more easily filtered out. In this way, people who work hard for the scholarships tend to be more likely to have the work ethic to finish college and tax payers do not have to pay as much for people to dropout of college.

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  • Harrison from Kentucky

    I understand that making public universities free of cost would cause many changes to these universities and the federal and state spending that goes into these universities. This will cause taxpayers taxes to also increase. Although I do think the spending is worth giving everyone an equal opportunity to an education. Many people who dream of going to college will never be able to fulfill their goal because they have a right to the opportunity. People with a lower income background have just as much potential to be someone amazing like a doctor, or lawyer or a teacher. People are being robbed of this because college has become so expensive and for some not a possibility. College should not be for just one type of person. Current students are also suffering from much student debt which puts a stop sign on their life. Many people are not able to move out or start a family when the leave college because they are not financially stable enough to do so. Students should be able to leave college not worrying about being able to pay the bills because they are drowning in student debt. Overall I think that free public university should be instilled.

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  • Kate from Kentucky

    I think public universities should be tuition free due to the importance of education in our society. Some individuals can’t pay to go to a college or university and having a college level education is vitally important for career success. Many jobs are bared off from individuals who do not receive a college or university education, stopping them from getting a good income and achieving their goals. I desire for individuals to have as many opportunities open to them as possible, so I support the idea of public universities becoming tuition free.

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  • Katalina from California

    I feel that public universities should be tuition free opposed to how they currently require a payment in order to attend. Coming from a student that currently attends a private high school and pays tuition to receive an education, I can personally justify paying to attend a university after graduating. I attended a public high school for one year where I was not paying a tuition. Now that I am, I can see why many students would choose to. I do, however, acknowledge and understand that there are a number of students that cant afford to attend a university because of tuition. Access to education is one of the most important ongoing issues in our world today. All students should have the right to an education, but unfortunately, many students lose that privilege when they cannot afford the tuition. People that cannot afford college miss out on an education solely because of the money that they don’t have. There is a misconception that people of lower income are uneducated and do not value their education. However, that is not the case. How is someone that deserves or desires a higher education supposed to receive one when they cannot afford it? Many people that want to continue to a university to better their future are restricted from doing so because of their financial standing. The system within our society is not only allowing but is reinforcing the false ideals of those uneducated by the lack of acknowledgment for those with little to no means of support. How is this fair? How is this justifiable? How is this a way for a society to function and thrive? Suppressing the potential of those who are of little resources is only reinforcing the systematic oppression that they are already facing due to our money-driven world. I do feel that public universities should be free because all people reserve the right to an education and it should not be stopped because of money or lack thereof. We have public high schools, so why should it be different for college? We are told from a young age that education is the most important thing in order to succeed, so why is the system allowing a multitude of people to miss out on that opportunity? Our lack of acknowledgement is stripping people of an education that they deserve. There would be many benefits to making public university tuition free. We would see a rise in numbers of people attending college after high school and as a result of this, many people would be met with new opportunities that they wouldn’t have had otherwise. We would be giving people the opportunity to break the stigma that they are burdened with and go to a university to get a good high paying job. As a society, we should want our peers to succeed because the success of others results in the success of our society as a whole. The idea of a world where all people can be well educated and opportunists is ideal. This is achievable and realistic so we should start by giving people the opportunity to a higher education. Money should not dictate the amount of education you can or cannot receive. Access to education is a human right. Let us be the change, let us be better. It all starts and ends with education.

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  • Syed Majeed from Illinois

    Free Education for to help the students who can not pay the tuition fee for college if the cannot effort or they have immigrate from some different country who does not have that much money to pay it.

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  • Jonathan from Vermont

    People across the country are drowning in student debt.

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    • Daniel from Maryland

      I think everyone can agree on this, but in my opinion it does not have to be a binary choice between keeping costs the way they are now for students and paying for it all through the government. The important thing is to recognize the incentive system at play and to understand how to most strategically undo the damage that has been done to the system.

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  • Osmond from Virginia

    Public universities should be tuition free because it would greatly decrease the enormous number of debt for the future students who want to acquire a higher education. In the 19th century this was practiced in the United States which was enacted by the Moril Act of 1862. Which made it possible for states to place a college on government land to promote an advanced education. Those public colleges often offered classes without tuition.

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  • Maebon from Kansas

    College shouldn’t be completely free because nothing is ever free in this world but I think the prices of college should go down. Prices have gone up significantly throughout the years. We all talk about how there are so many unsuccessful people out in the world today and that is probably because they couldn’t afford college. Some people may argue with that and say something along the lines of “Maybe they should just choose a different college if they can’t afford the one they want to go to” but the problem with that is they go to college that they have no interest in and it is just a waste of time. So college shouldn’t be completely free but the prices should definitely go down.

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  • McKenzie from Kansas

    I think public college should be free to all. Many families have struggled with getting their kids into college. Many parents have taken extra jobs or shifts to pay for their children to go to college. The prices for going to a college have gotten ridiculously high. Parents should not have to worry about making enough money to go to college. Making college free would help a lot of people in life. It would allow more people to be able to do something with their lives.

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  • Paxton from Kansas

    I think that public universities should be tuition free because of the fact that it is so expensive. Many students aren’t able to get the education they really want or follow their dreams and get the job they want because they can not afford to go to college. It would benefit many students and maybe we wouldn’t have such high unemployment rates, or homeless people.

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    • Billal from Louisiana

      Expensiveness is no grounds from totally eliminating tuition. By eliminating tuition, you’re drastically reducing quality of education, eliminating any kind of prestige that can come from particular public universities’ exclusivity, and overall relegating our public universities to educational soup kitchens where nobody needs any kind of qualifying qualities to receive educational resources. Also, the idea that free college would reduce unemployment and homeless rates is ridiculous and absurd because occupations for which college is a prerequisite make up the tiny majority of the overall job market; trade jobs and jobs not requiring a college degree make up the vast, vast majority of it.

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  • Daniel from Missouri

    Uni is too expensive!

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  • bob from Missouri

    taxes

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  • Samantha from Georgia

    Not everyone can afford college so if it’s free then everybody could have an opportunity to go further in education.

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  • Cloi from Georgia

    It encourages more people to go get a higher education

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  • Gladys from Kansas

    I think it should be free because it will allow more students who couldn’t afford it to get a higher education and better paying job. People are worried about the dropout rates increasing if tuition was free but in reality, it isn’t required to get a higher education after high school. If someone doesn’t want to go to college they don’t have to. Most students who don’t like school just graduate high school. With that being said, if they don’t like school then they won’t really apply for colleges. There are lots of people who can’t afford it so a high school diploma is all they can get. Free tuition will allow people with low income to do better, lot’s of them being the first in their family to go to college. Free tuition colleges will make a great big impact.

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  • Emma from Kentucky

    Public Universities should be free or at a very low cost because it will bring higher education to those who need it, giving lower class citizens the chance to lift themselves out of poverty, and will help circulate money in the economy. Higher education is a privilege that not many people have the opportunity to obtain. Those who do go to college usually are able to get better jobs and make more money. This could help lower class citizens pull themselves out of poverty. This would include students AND adults in need who need a college degree to get better paying jobs. In doing so, more money would be circulating in the economy because the previously impoverished citizen would have more money to spend. This also applies to the students who would usually have debt. Because they wouldn’t have to pay tuition, they would have more money to spend, boosting the economy. The extra taxes that people would have to pay in order to allow free college would most likely cost less for each person than if they themselves possessed the debt.

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  • joey from Kentucky

    I do not believe that we as a nation should pay for public universities. Most people have over 50,000$ in debt after leaving college which they must pay back. But if it was free they would be able to start life, a job, and a family to help the world. Not to mention if they had less school debt the citizens could have more time to decide a major and spend more time working to be the best worker they can be.

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  • Christianna from Kentucky

    Egregious College costs exist to maintain the gap between the rich and the poor. The extreme cost of colleges works in a way that only the smartest of lower-class kids are able to attend through scholarship, while rich students are able to attend on their money alone. This means the rich students will be able to find better jobs out of university, bring more money into their families, and their children will take the same path. The rich stay rich while the poor aren’t able to climb socially.

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  • Aaron from Kentucky

    I think public universities should be tuition-free because it would help more students to have education. Also, people will worry less about debts they have to pay.

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  • Andrew from Kentucky

    Yes I think they should because These schools want the best of the best for their schools. Some people who are extremely smart may not be able to fund all of the money for these colleges and their dream college. So if its tuition free everyone who deserves to be in their dream school and has put in the hard work and effort, would fix this problem.

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  • Donovan from Kentucky

    In the modern age, a higher education is necessary for many career paths. Additionally, college has become much less affordable than it once was. We are currently amidst a debt crisis, and action is needed to reverse it. Our government could move money from the 8 trillion dollar military budget and have enough to fund this endeavor.

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  • Amber from Kentucky

    I believe students shouldn’t pay for tuition because it could get very expensive, and the people in the university won’t be able to pay it off. Since they are hard to pay off, young adults would be under a lot of stress from school, finding a job, and paying off their loans. If the parents are paying for tuition they wouldn’t be able to keep paying, they would have to keep giving up their money so that their children can have a future.

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  • Noel from Kentucky

    I believe that public colleges should be tuition-free but with some exceptions. As a current senior in high school from a single, low-income family, I worry about tuition. FAFSA and scholarships provide help, but there is still more money that has to be paid. Moreover, thousands of graduates have to face a large debt due to high tuition prices. Therefore, I believe public universities should be tuition-free. However, with no tuition, there could be problems with funding and a lack of responsibility on the students. Therefore, the universities should implement small fees or only book fees in place of tuition. This can promote responsibility without debt.

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  • Becca from Kentucky

    I honestly don’t know if universities should be tuition-free or not. I am currently a senior in high school and free tuition sounds amazing so I don’t have to go into debt, but I also have to think about everyone else it will be affected. We would have to find somewhere else to get that money to pay for it and students might not appreciate the importance of education because it would be free. On the other hand, more students would be able to go to college and earn their degree and get aa nice job rather than staying at home and finding a job that pays minimum wage. Maybe if they could cut tuition in half so that more people could afford it that would help a lot of students who are struggling with this decision and what they will have to do for money. At this point, tuition costs cause a lot of stress on seniors in high school who are already struggling with finishing high school, leaving all of their friends, raising their ACT scores, and getting into colleges. Just decreasing the tuition rate would help so many people with paying for college and that would eventually help them to succeed in the future.

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  • Sabrina from Virginia

    I believe that universities should be free because there are so many people who want to go and cannot afford it. Children are growing up with dreams they will never reach because they will not be able to pay for college. Our country is being financially punished because of all the student loans adults can not pay. Even with a degree in certain fields people still do not get hired for those positions. Why pay for something that is not 100% guaranteed?

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  • Ashley from Arizona

    I think that it should be free because there are some families that can not afford for their children to go to college. It would help their children a lot if they could go to college

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  • Sage from Nebraska

    Universities should become tuition free to make college more accessible as well as to reduce the amount of debt on college graduates. Tuition is only one bill that college student pay, things like transportation and housing fees, etc still apply so college student would not be completely out of debt, they would still have some responsibilities to pay for, just not so much that they are put under crippling debt for over 10 years after graduating. They are young educated adults and once they graduate they are set off under the worst financial situation to begin they adult lives with

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  • Josmar from Iowa

    Because it public university.

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  • Gerardo from Florida

    Public Universities should be free for in-state students as parents already pay state taxes that are the way the get much of the funding.
    If not, at least 100% of the tuition and living expenses (dorm and meals) should be tax deductable for the in-state students.

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  • Abhinav from Massachusetts

    It is too expensive and no one could afford that high college fees except wealthy people in this country

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  • Shakayla from Florida

    All school should be free not everyone has money to pay for school

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  • James from Alaska

    If we remove the payment for Tuition, we are changing an entire market. The reason that colleges are different prices is because they are differentiated. But if we remove the reason for differentiation, the people paying for it, then the colleges will no longer have motivation to appeal to consumers. We have seen this happen in public schools which are now funded by the government. Since they no longer have to think about the consumer and whether they will chose their school, we have been seeing a decline in our average education quality. To do so for the very schools that will define a persons career would be foolish in the extreme.

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  • Faith from Virginia

    Public Universities should be free due to the fact that student debt is very weighing. After college, many students are weighted down during their careers due to their debt. If college were to be tuition-free more students would be able to fill the workforce gaps with their knowledge. At this point in time, American has a shortage of blue-collared workers. We should promote tuition-free education so young people can afford to further their education. Therefore, young people can explore their interests and gain knowledge.

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  • Erica from Tennessee

    Education should be a right, not a privilege. Everyone should be allowed to further their education without worrying about finances.

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  • Abigail from Massachusetts

    I do not think that public college should be free for all. Everyone can agree that college tuition has risen to unbelievably high prices that most individuals and families cannot afford to pay. Many eighteen-year-olds and their parents have taken on the burden of hundreds of thousands of dollars in loans to pay for their education. That being said, the solution to this important and pressing issue is not to make public college tuition-free.
    Making public college free tuition for all may solve a fraction of the issue but it would also create many other problems. One of the biggest problems would be the quality of the education provided. There are over 500 four year degree public colleges in the United States, all of which would be government-funded. This would decrease the quality of the education being provided to students as well as give privately-funded colleges more applicants seeking a better education than what would be provided for free at a public college even if they couldn’t afford private college.
    Another huge issue this would present would be who gets accepted to these free-tuition colleges. College has become such a large financial burden that everyone seeking a college education would be fighting for acceptance into public colleges. Due to the fact that the colleges would be government-funded the colleges would be unable to meet the demand. Would the colleges accept based on financial need or merit? If the colleges accept on a need basis it would be unfair to middle-class families who will be putting themselves in massive debt to pay for competitive public colleges. On the other hand, if the colleges viewed applications based on merit it would give an unfair advantage to students with more money at their disposal to study for standardized tests and the like. Public colleges being tuition-free would make college debt-free for a select group of people but create even larger issues for everyone.
    The solution to college debt is not to have tuition-free public colleges. The solution is to create policies that alter how much colleges can charge for tuition and how students take out loans they are using to pay for higher education. Making public colleges free for all would make for poor-quality public colleges and unfair acceptance systems.

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    • Spencer from Missouri

      I really agree with your idea about how it would decrease the quality of education provided for students, pushing them to private colleges which tend to be more expensive, just to get a better education.

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  • Ryan from Massachusetts

    Students, to attend a university, have to pay 39.5% of average college costs. University costs has excelled in such an absurd manner, making it immensely complicated for students to afford a higher education. A free-tuition college/university does not prevent students from college tuition but expands a more vital cost. Students will turn out to be facing a stronger debt. A state university tuition averages to roughly $10,000 for each year. Most of the pricing covers the fees, housing and dorms the university offers for the students, while the rest of the price covers textbooks, supplies for the classes the student takes and other fees. If universities lack tuition, prices would increase by an outrageous $5,000 dollars, making the average cost to attend the college excel to $15,000 for each year. Many would argue that allowing tuition-free universities would decrease the crippling student debt. Not necessarily, universities pay teachers to ensure they perform a diligent education for the students. “Student debt rates increased by [a shocking] 130% since the year of 2008. During 1987 to 2017, public college prices has increased by [a horrific] 213%, unfortunately making students deal with an overwhelming amount of debt” (“Free College – Top 3 Pros and Cons”). Students underestimate the consequences towards allowing free-tuition towards universities.
    Therefore, students should pay higher tuition if they want to obtain a more advanced and higher education. How will they obtain a higher education if state universities were tuition free?

    ProCon.org. “Free College – Top 3 Pros and Cons.” ProCon.org. 19 Mar. 2019, http://www.procon.org/headline.php?headlineID=005432

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    • Jonathan from Florida

      Your argument assumes that colleges would raise the price of room and board just because of the government further subsidizing them, an illegal activity. The government would not permit this kind of activity which, the way you state it with the additional $5K is quite obvious, the government could easily catch. There is also a discrepancy in your math in that the inflated $15K prices do not account for the government subsidies and so the student would not experience these prices even if your argument was correct.
      I would also like to point out that atleast most of the candidates want “free college” rather than “tuition free college” as they agnowledge that almost 2/3 the price of attending college is room and book expenses. This is why the candidates specifically support “college loan forgiveness” otherwise their policies would need to be oddly specific to only pay tuition.
      You also forget the fact that colleges that are classified as “public” are already government subsidized and your argument seems to imply that the prices of college increasing is somehow a problem with this system when in reality it points out the necessity. College used to be cheap enough with Government subsidies that a student could work the summer at a minimum wage job and pay for the year of college, but this has changed due to inflation and the fact that these subsidies do not inflate but stay at a fixed rate, the inflated college prices that we experience is a result of the subsidies not keeping up with the tuition fees, not the other way around.
      The bottom line is that this new policy will indeed save college students tens of thousands of dollars over their lives

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  • Justin from California

    While I think that education is one of the most important aspects for American Youth, I think that only public education up to High School should be free. The reason that I think that public universities should not be free is very simple. Let’s say for instance that you go in for a job interview and you tell the employer that you have a High School degree. If you tell the employer that, it literally means nothing because, High School is available to everyone. By making a College Degree so accessible to the point where everyone has one, it actually deducts from the value of college. Not to mention that there are many ways that you can go to college sometime after High School as opposed to immediately after if you are tight on money. If you are tight on money, you could go to a Junior College for two years while trying to save money to eventually transfer into a university, or you could go into the service for 4 years and when you get out, you can go and the government pays for your education. And let’s say that in a hypothetical scenario all public universities and colleges were free for the students. Well those universities and colleges still need the money to run themselves like they were before and the way that they would get that money would be through taxpayer money. And since most taxpayers are no longer attending college, it does not seem right to have them pay for something that they do not even use. With these taxpayers paying for this another consequence of tuition free college would be that the younger generation of people will not know how to handle their finances as well as previous generations. All in all while it seems that there could be some benefits of having tuition free colleges and universities, the cons of having this outweigh the pros. Remember very little in life is free, education included.

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  • Sumer from Virginia

    As the cost of college begins to increase, more and more Americans begin to fight for free access to public universities. Unfortunately, eliminating college tuition is not quite possible. Public universities should not become tuition-free because that would decrease the value of a degree and reduce the quality of public schools.
    Removing college tuition would provide more people with an opportunity to advance their education at a university. At first, this may seem like a great thing until it gets to the point where everyone has a PhD. This can, in a way, be considered inflation. If everyone has a college degree, the value of them will decrease. Also, allowing everyone to have access to a higher level of education would reduce the competition needed to obtain certain degrees and certifications. For example, if everyone was able to become a doctor or a lawyer, then the amount of people working in those professions would be immense. As those careers become more popular, the amount of people working at places like Walmart and Starbucks would decrease, making it difficult to purchase the necessary items for survival. In order for our economy to flow effectively, there has to be a healthy balance between education and jobs.
    The quality of public universities will also be affected if college tuition is eliminated. College tuition is necessary to keep a university running because some of the money can be put towards paying professors and other faculty members on campus. Every faculty member on campus plays a role in a student’s life, and without them, college would not be the same. If public universities were tuition-free, students would have to reside in low quality dorms and learn in poor quality classrooms. Without the necessary funds, public universities would look like rest stops: filthy and overcrowded.
    While everyone would like to be given an education for free, it is not reasonable, and it is not necessarily free either. Even if students do not pay for college tuition directly, they will still be paying for an education through an increase in taxes. A more reasonable solution would be to reduce college tuition to lower the amount of debt that students accrue, making it slightly easier to pay off student loans. Unfortunately, even if tuition was reduced, some people would still not be able to afford college. Perhaps the best way to solve the issue is for bigger universities and organizations to offer more scholarships and for high schools to inform students on how to receive free money.
    In conclusion, in order to maintain the value of degrees and the quality of universities, students should be required to pay to expand their knowledge. By limiting the amount of students that can afford college tuition, competition is increased, making a college degree more attractive to society. Moreover, tuition is necessary to help universities provide an advanced education for students in a safe and clean environment. Having tuition ensures that all of the students at a university are there because they genuinely want to succeed in life, which distinguishes college from high school.

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  • Brady from Illinois

    The idea of free college sounds very appealing to many of America’s youth. Student debt has amassed greatly in recent years, and according to Forbes, that number has reached about 1.56 trillion dollars, spread out among 44.7 million people. That is about $35,000 per individual in student loan debt. While the approach of many is to just make public university free so no one would be stuck in this debt, the better solution is cutting interest rates. The average rate on student loans is 11.4%, an amount that can really build up over time. If this average rate could be worked to be lowered, there would be way less debt. Instead of offering free college (which may have many negative financial effects), it would be better if the US worked to lower the interest rates that are imposed on people who want a good post-secondary education

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  • Tayler from Missouri

    I do not think that education should be for free because you can’t have anything for free, and education is one of them. You have to earn the money or work for it in order to pay off college debt or go to college. You can’t just have education for free.

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  • Chase from Virginia

    Public universities should not be made tuition free, because this would make the schooling to open to the public. I agree that many more people would then have access to higher education, but it would also make his higher education worth less in the real world to employers. More people with higher education would soon make it so a degree would not be worth it because it would end up being like a high school diploma, which just means you graduated. It should not be free because if it is then it will lead taxpayers to support it and raise taxes for many who already had to pay college debts. This would be like paying their debt again, but for other people. Students may also not be as committed because they may join and if it gets hard they may just drop out because it has not cost them anything, while if there was money to pay forward they may not be so obliged to drop out.

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  • Lilly from California

    When considering why college should be free, one of the key arguments that support the belief that it should be free is that student debt has grown by 170% over the past ten years. This is largely in cause from the increase in college tuition. However, if we reverse this process and simply begin to lower the college tuition prices instead of increasing them. Instead of eliminating tuition, colleges should decrease tuition in order to decrease the student debt. In addition, tuition is required to maintain the campus, pay the teachers, and pay bills to keep the college running. While many want to eliminate the cost of college to the students, they are not considering where the money would come from in order to pay for these schools. Most likely, these fees will turn into taxes, which would increase the payments made anyways. To add on, most schools have a higher out of state tuition than in state tuition because they do not pay taxes to the state where the university is located. If the tuition is eliminated, there will be no way to account for this loss when a student comes from out of state. Another argument to the benefits of tuition is students gain a sense of responsibility. When they have to pay large amounts of money, they will value the experience more than if they have nothing at stake in college. Lastly, there would most likely be more people applying to these schools, so the acceptance rates at tuition-free colleges would drop and would actually prevent students from being able to go to college and earn this higher education.

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  • Lily from Kentucky

    Colleges should not be tuition-free. Without tuition, it would make it easier for people to go to college, but the people attending would have a lower work ethic because they don’t have anything to lose if they get bad grades or drop out. When students have to pay for college, they risk losing money so they try harder to maintain their grades. Additionally, with this higher work ethic, more students will graduate with more knowledge because they work hard. Furthermore, without tuition, many colleges would not be able to improve student facilities because they are running low on money. If tuition was not around, colleges would probably have to be paid for by taxes, which would anger a lot of citizens who don’t want high taxes. Plus, with taxes, people would still be paying to go to college through higher taxes. Even though tuition is high, money is provided through scholarships so the people who have the drive and work ethic to get through college don’t have to pay as much because of their efforts in high school and community life.

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  • Justus from Pennsylvania

    There are multiple reasons why colleges should not become free. Let’s look first at the three (four) places funding could come from: The students, state government, the federal government, or no where.
    Let’s start backwards:
    4. Nowhere: Funding cannot come from nowhere. Economics wouldn’t work, and no colleges would open, as information to get a career is of value. This option simply does not work.
    3. The Federal Government: The constitution gives the government no authority to control education. To quote the Cato Institute, “the U.S. Constitution grants no authority over education to the federal government.” (Boaz, [1])
    2. The State Government: Potentially, under the constitution, the states could run education. The problem is that to do so would require either: borrowing and a defecate, or increased taxes. Neither option is truly free.
    1. The Student: Here is where funding SHOULD come from. The student. The federal government over-reached when they offered student loans, and problems occurred. The cost of tuition went of more than 4 times the rate of inflation. The government should get out of the loan market, and soon, the prices should begin to fall, as less demand would exist for high prices that no one could pay without money they could not have.

    In conclusion, constitutionally and realistically, college cannot be free, and college should not be free. In the end, college tuition should be the decision of the college and the student. The decision for the college to set the price, and the decision for the student, to pay that price.

    [1] Boaz, David. “Education and the Constitution.” 1 May 2006. Web. 4 Nov. 2019. https://www.cato.org/blog/education-constitution

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  • Delaney from California

    College tuition should not be free due to the quality of education students will begin to receive. Although, college is tough to pay for and prices have risen ridiculously high, spending your money on education will only benefit one’s mind and better them for life and their own future. In addition, the 500 plus public universities are government-funded which would not only decrease the quality of education, but also give private universities more applicants looking for higher education, even if they could not afford it. Furthermore, an alternative problem this could cause would be who is accepted to the free-tuition schools. The fight for acceptance into these colleges would be unbearable and simply just introducing another burden to separate the American youth. There are many different aspects on how public universities accept students, and this would simply be unfair to all the middle-class families putting themselves in debt to try to pay for competitive public universities. In contrast, if free-tuition universities viewed applicants based on value and excellence it would give an un-right advantage to students with more money to study for standardized tests. The solution to college debt is to generate strategies that modify how much colleges can charge for tuition. Making public colleges free would create poor-quality public universities and biased acceptance systems.

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  • Karoshi from California

    The price of not only attending college, but also applying is not affordable for many American families, let alone 18 year olds going into their freshman year of college. As a result, families and incoming students are faced with taking loans out from the bank, knowing that they will have to pay these debts back somehow. It is no question that the student loan crisis that plagues a large majority of American families is an issue that must be addressed, however, completely wiping out the cost of tuition will increase taxes and decrease the value of a college degree.
    If college was to become tuition-free, the money funding these public universities would have to come from taxes in the same way that free public education is funded by tax payers. Many Americans postulate that upper income people would end up paying these taxes. For instance, an article from the Washington Post suggests, “In the name of helping the poor and middle class, it [Sanders’s free-tuition-for-all plan] would tax upper-income people who trade financial instruments — and give a lot of it right back to upper-income people who are perfectly willing and able to fund their children’s college” (Why College doesn’t need to be Free 13). Not only is taxing Americans who earn more counterproductive, it is unjust to make one group of Americans pay for another groups’ education.
    The value of a college degree would decrease if college was to become tuition-free. Culturally, college is viewed as a privilege and adults push children to work hard in school to get into a good university. Although this pressure is misguided at times, it can be valid since students who are motivated to work hard in school often do get into college. For example, the Forbes article, “Concerns On Hillary Clinton’s New College Compact” states, “[…] reformers in the field, applaud efforts to ease financial burdens for students we do have reservations about possible unintended consequences of “free” college. The idea of “free” college degrees comes at a risk. If students don’t perceive value in the credentials, they may not remain committed to their attainment; a degree that costs nothing could be valued accordingly” (Ebersole 5). The high costs of college make it so that most students that enroll in college want to be there to invest in their education. Making college free changes a college degree from an investment to a formality or obligation, similar to a GED. Furthermore, employers would have to raise the stakes beyond simply having a college degree in order to select future employees because they have to weave out specific characteristics aside from being well educated.
    Depsite the drawbacks of free college, it undoubtedly still grants students to graduate with financial freedom to purchase cars, homes, and invest in stocks, which benefits our economy. For example, the article, “Free college for all will power our 21st-century economy and empower our democracy,” states, “when President Franklin Roosevelt signed the GI Bill in 1944 and President Eisenhower signed the National Defense Student Loan legislation in 1958, millions of veterans, women, and minorities came to college because they could afford it and knew their education beyond high school would make a significant difference in their future livelihood. They bought cars, took out home loans, worked hard, and advanced in their careers. They weren’t burdened by enormous college debt. At the same time, trust in one another and key institutions, as well as civic habits of volunteering, voting and charitable giving, were also on the rise among this Greatest Generation” (Duncan and Bridgeland 3). When college graduates are less stressed about paying off their financial burdens, they are able to dedicate more time to become pillars of society. The nation prospers socially because they have financial stability which allows them to focus on helping the less fortunate and chasing new endeavors such as starting a business. The benefits of free college of clear, but in our current state of immense debt, there is not a fair way to suddenly change the price of college or eliminate the debt of millions of graduates without first damaging our economy. The real issue lies in the companies that are supposed to help graduates pay off their debts. For example, the Federal Student Aid website has an entire page dedicated to providing information on how to identify a student loan debt provider scam. Many of these predatory companies are hired by the Department of Education and bury graduates deeper into debt because of their lack of concern for their consumers.
    Taking away the cost of tutiton altogether undoubtedly has its benefits, but would never be a reality because it would drastically change the value of a college degree and decrease the desire from students to obtain a college degree. The solution to the student loan debt crisis is a matter of changing the operation in the Department of Education and giving graduates a better opportunity to pay off these debts.

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  • Daniel from Maryland

    Student debt is a monumental problem, one which leaves young adults stuck under a financial burden that in many cases takes decades to pay off, at the detriment of financial freedom. Yet despite this, I am arguing against public funding for college costs. Why?

    To understand the college debt problem, it is important to understand its socio-economic causes. In 1985, the average tuition cost was less than half of what it is now for the average university. Since then, tuition has doubled, and the percentage of Americans with college degrees has increased from 19.4% to 33.4%. What this suggests is that demand for college has nearly doubled. The number of new colleges built in that time has not even come closing to keeping up. In any system where the supply remains mostly unchanged but demand increases, cost must go up. The reason why demand has gone up so much is fairly obvious: there has been an intense push by the public education system to get kids in a “college-ready” mindset. The narrative for students is that if you’re not going to college, you will not get a job. Or at least you will get a job you do not want. The reality is that the vast majority of jobs *do not* require a college degree, and the ones that truly do are very technical. This may be a bold claim, but I believe that unless you intend to be an engineer/architect, a doctor (or medically certified professional), or a lawyer, you do not need to go to college. There are a number of under-utilized alternative higher education options in this country which do not get nearly enough recognition. These include vocational training, apprenticeships, and online jobs training courses. By singling out college at the expense of every other option, the public school system makes students stress over how they will find their place in a crowded, very competitive college market, let alone be able to pay off over $100k in student loans debt. If the government encourages investment into alternative models, and school curricula makes room for them, that market can become a lot less crowded. Costs will go down as students branch out into other institutions, and young people will be able to truly explore the educational experience that best suits them. It is obvious that the current situation is unsustainable, but the enormous and ultimately frivolous expense of publicly funding all tuition will do people no favors.

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  • Cynthia from New Jersey

    Public universities should not be free. The simple reason is that it would increase the amount of taxes that each citizen would have to pay each year, federal and state. This reason is based in the idea that our national deficit is already so high at 23 trillion dollars and there is simply no money to fund a free college education for all. Each year, the national deficit is over 1 trillion dollars. While government dollars put into the hands of the citizen does stimulate the economy, making public universities free would increase that deficit by a tenfold with roughly 15 million Americans enrolling in college each year. This however, is only the tip of the iceberg in this debate.
    The deep underlying reason that many do not see would be the depreciation of education if public universities were to be free. Think about it, back in the 1700s, only a few had a formal elementary level education. This put them over general public who lacked any education. Fast forward to the 18th century, when the modern education system was first implemented in the United States, and everyone had to go to school, elementary and for urban areas, even secondary. People who were educated in these secondary schools were valued higher than those without an education. While this may not make any sense right now, the simple idea is that education is a constant cycle that repeats every century, give or take. When one type of education become available to everyone, another type follows and that becomes the mainstream fad, in a sense. So in today’s world, if everyone were to go to college for free to earn a bachelor’s degree, that depreciates the value of a bachelor’s degree that was earned before. Furthermore, it also decreases the value of a master’s or doctoral degree, making them the new “bachelor degree.” If public universities were to be free now, the next debate down the line would be free master’s education to allow people to get jobs and etc.
    The truth of the matter is that not everyone deserves an education (as mean as it sounds), nor do they need it to make a living. In my opinion as a high school student who observes her classmates, I believe that the idea of trade school or vocational school should be talked about more often. It is often a stigma today if one chooses not to pursue a further education whether at a public universities or even at a community college. Not everyone enjoys sitting in a school, learning every single day. Not everyone wants to go to college. When college is free, it becomes a second high school and it would almost force those who do not want to, to go to college, simply because it is free and available. More importantly, most jobs do not require a bachelor’s degree (i.e. plumbing, electrician, etc). To suddenly require it in a job is preposterous and simply repeating the current situation that we are in where people need a bachelor’s degree, but simply cannot afford to go to college. I believe that our education system should follow the system in Hong Kong and in England, where schooling is compulsory to 16 and students can then follow further education or vocation. Because this option is available to students in those countries, the stigma of vocational school and lack of a college degree is not negative. Because so, they do not have to have the debate of free public education.

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  • Tyler from Virginia

    I do not think that public universities should become tuition free. While tuition has risen to an unbelievably high cost and has put many students and families thousands of dollars in debt that they can only dream of paying off, making public universities free is not the solution to this problem. Creating free tuition would create more problems that it would solve. One major issue that would occur would be the competition to get into these schools and how the schools would decide who gets in. Since the schools are now government funded would they let the students in based on grades and merit like they are now or would they let them in based on financial needs. This could be highly unfair to the middle class who would then have to pay top dollar to attend private universities putting them in even greater debt. Although, if they allowed students in based on merit it would be unfair to the lower class because the people with money could pay more to take the tests and stack their transcripts. Public colleges being tuition free would only make college debt free for a select amount of people. Another major issue that would arise would be the quality of education. There are hundreds of public universities that would have to be funded by the government which in turn would lead to poorer education. With the public universities having poor education more applicants would turn towards private universities that they cannot afford, leading to more debt for these students. The solution is not to make tuition free but to install policies on how much colleges can charge for tuition and policies on how students can take out loans. Creating a tuition free environment for public colleges would only make unfair acceptance systems and a poor quality of education.

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  • Emily from Virginia

    In an ideal world, everything and anything would be free. However, in this day and age, money is a requirement at every stage of life. While it would be ideal for public universities to be tuition free, I do not believe that it is practical. Paying for college tuition is a major step in the life of young adults. While the fear of debt is daunting, it is necessary. An important step of becoming an adult is learning how to properly manage money. By paying for tuition, young adults learn to start saving soon, how to take out a loan if necessary, and how to properly build credit to support them as they age. It is important to be able to find a sense of financial stability, and paying college tuition is a major part of that process. However, if things were changed, and public universities were to become tuition free, how would they be paid for? Would taxes increase, resulting in outrage from those who go to trade school or private universities who have to pay for their tuition, or even from those who do not attend college at all? While it would be nice to not be required to pay for school after high school, I believe it is a responsibility that is important in the coming of age story of many young adults.

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  • Jack from California

    No!

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  • Abby from Missouri

    There would be lots of taxes instead.

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  • Treven from Kansas

    I believe that if someone is really wanting to go to college then they should be going out trying to get scholarships and if someone really wants to go into a career field that will be as successful as they believe then eventually they will get that debt payed off. There are plenty of scholarships, and other types of ways of getting money for college, and if we were to make college free what else would be considered that should be free? If we make college free then it is going to be seen that maybe high school should be free and other things like that.

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  • Chylynn from Kansas

    I do not think that all public universities should be free. Yes it is upsetting to hear about the debt these students are put in during their college years. I just don’t think that it should just be free. If it were to become free the acceptance standards at these universities would go up and therefore it would be harder to get accepted into the college. Another reason it is not a good idea to go tuition free is because the quality of what is being taught will go down because the universities would be funded from a different source than the students. The last reason which I don’t think should be a problem is that the graduation rate would go down in these colleges. I think that if universities were to go free people would take it more seriously instead of paying for college and not showing up to class. That does not make sense to me. Why pay for your tuition and possibly end up in debt and not show up to your classes? Over all i think that is the only thing that I would oppose going tuition free.

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  • David from Kansas

    I feel that it is not a right to get to go to college it is a privilege, However I feel that they should base ones tuition on house and family income

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  • Erica from Missouri

    If a college does not get enough money though tuition, how will it fund teachers and the quality of education that students get? I agree that college tuition is A LOT. It does not have to be free but the costs could maybe decrease. What would scholarships mean if college is free? The quality of a college depends on the tuition money and funds they get.

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  • Lucie from Georgia

    If we didn’t pay for it, the diploma we earn will become less in value and so will jobs. Having to pay for our tuition makes our diplomas have more value.

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  • Jordan from Virginia

    The ability to receive higher education and attend a public college or university should be a viable option for most Americans if not all of them. The expenses of going to a 4-year university have reached astronomical and absurd levels, and these increased costs only hinder even more students-particularly minorities or low-income households- from ever attaining a higher education. That being said, making colleges and universities tuition-free is not only illogical but impossible as well. The amount of money that would be placed on taxes and taxpayers-particularly the middle class- would not only be substantially higher but would most likely only increase poverty and low-income levels. This would also place a large economic strain on the American government, which would likely accumulate even more national debt. The usage of tuition-free colleges would also reduce the value of not only private universities but vocational and trade schools as well. These specially designed schools- particularly the latter- would lose their touch with society and many of them would likely be shut down because more students would take a free route to school rather than one that suits them the best for there particular talents or skills.

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  • alex from Texas

    I think that the cost definitely needs to be lowered dramatically, because colleges are outrageously expensive for essentially no reason. However, I don’t think that making colleges totally tuition free is the solution. This could get people who don’t really want to go to college to learn to start going for no reason, just because it’s free.

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  • Alex from Kentucky

    I do not think that college universities should be free because it would not affect me much and it would just force me to pay more taxes. College is a privilege not a right and it needs to be known that if you are going to college you need to take it seriously and some people will take it as a joke. Most people have dreams and if you are going to college to earn those dreams then you need to work hard for it.

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    I do not think that college universities should be free because it would not affect me much and it would just force me to pay more taxes. College is a…

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  • Dylan from Kentucky

    I do not believe that tuition should be free because I believe it could raise taxes. Students should have to find ways and work for their education whether that be scholarships or having a job and paying it themselves. Having to pay and work for your college also helps form a work ethic for later in life. Also college is completely optional and you can have a successful life without going to college.

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    I do not believe that tuition should be free because I believe it could raise taxes. Students should have to find ways and work for their education wh…

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  • Lilly from Kentucky

    As I can see the advantages of being able to go to college completely free and have the ability to knock down the student debt completely, there are many more disadvantages that would not help. First of all, the payment would come from taxes or other ways that would only increase our national debt. Second, many of the reasons that students want higher grades and a better GPA is to be able to obtain scholarships to be able to go to college for less. The high price of colleges is a motivation for students to not have to pay for it. If the price was reduced to nothing and students could get into many different colleges however they would like then grades would become reduced and motivation would decrease. Also, many places would lose funding from the money that college students pay to be able to go there. There would be less publicity for certain companies that offer scholarships and money for students to participate in and student’s voices wouldn’t be heard through the scholarships. I do realize that many students are not able to pay for college, however, for those who want to still continue school, there are places with lower tuition as an opportunity for them to become better. For other students, there are many jobs that our economy still needs to be able to continue to be successful such as those jobs in trade schools and other government payed jobs like the post office and bus drivers. Therefore, although the benefits would be great for free college, many other institutions and prioritites would fall apart.

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  • Nick from Kentucky

    Public University should not be free because the universities need money in order to run and function. If college becomes free it will just mean that taxes will rise because the colleges will need funds to come from somewhere. If tuition becomes completely free, the colleges will not be able to pay for professor salaries and bills such as electricity. Furthermore, they will need to pay for housing and other necessities for the staff and students.

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    Public University should not be free because the universities need money in order to run and function. If college becomes free it will just mean that …

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  • Jake from Kentucky

    Public universities should not become tuition free because first off it takes away incentives from students who worked hard in high school to get scholarships. Any student can just simply get a high school diploma and go right into college without having to work hard. Second, if there is no money going to the universities from students, how will professors be paid? Just another way to drain federal spending and put us deeper in debt.

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    Public universities should not become tuition free because first off it takes away incentives from students who worked hard in high school to get scho…

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  • Ethan from Kentucky

    Public College should not be free because the students that are going there are trying to achieve a higher education that isn’t required to get a job. Also the faculty should be paid the same that they have been getting paid because since it is higher education that isn’t required they are teaching you things that will be used for your future career (Maybe). College should be kept free for those who have earned it through scholarships and those who have entered into the military post 9/11.

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  • Logan from Kentucky

    Would having a tuition free university benefit many students? Yes. Would it increase the amount of people who obtain a college degree? Yes. But at what cost? Should public universities become tuition free, the entire concept of college will change dramatically. In this day and age, college is a wonderful experience for young adults. However, without tuition money to pay for this higher education, many of the aspects of college that make it so wonderful will change. The money to fund the college must come from somewhere- our taxes. Tuition-free universities will lead to the increase in taxes and budget cuts in the university because they no longer have a large sum of money to pay for professors, new buildings, and programs that are vital to a good college education. By saving money, we would be sacrificing a good education.

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  • John from Kentucky

    Public universities should not become tuition-free. It is unfair that students attending private universities will have to pay tuition while public universities do not have tuition. This may also greatly increase the interest in public universities, and lower the interest in private universities. Another issue with this is that there is no easy way for the government to provide this money without greatly increasing taxes.

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  • Macy from Kentucky

    I believe that public universities should not be free. It is very expensive to be able to pay all of the professors, maintain the campuses, and provide books. Although it could benefit many lower income families greatly, these same children could receive more state funding and scholarships. Also, if public universities become free then there will be more students who are not driven to work hard. By requiring students to pay for their education it makes them work harder because it is their money that is funding their education.

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    I believe that public universities should not be free. It is very expensive to be able to pay all of the professors, maintain the campuses, and provid…

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  • Nick from Kentucky

    College should not be tuition free because nothing is completely free in life. Although making tuition free might seem that way, we would still have to pay the price in some way. Also, making college tuition free would make college degrees meaningless, because anyone could get one.

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  • Kyle from Kentucky

    I think public Universities should reduce their price tremendously but not become totally free. Because the money is going to have to come from somewhere and that somewhere will most likely be the taxes of the people that live in that Universities general area. If you take a little off the price of college taxes will go up but not nearly as much if they became fully free. Or maybe not take the price off the living but maybe the price half off or more of tuition. College is very expensive and if it were free there would be no drive to do well in college.

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    I think public Universities should reduce their price tremendously but not become totally free. Because the money is going to have to come from somewh…

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  • maggie from Kentucky

    Everyone’s taxes would increase. I’m not sure how public universities would get the money they need to pay professors and staff members if they were to be free. Also, the population of private universities would most likely go down, which is an issue for those communities. Although it would be great for those that cannot afford college, I would like to see how the government would distribute the money to the university without raising taxes by great numbers.

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    Everyone’s taxes would increase. I’m not sure how public universities would get the money they need to pay professors and staff members if they were t…

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  • Ashley from Kentucky

    I do not believe that public college tuition should be free because then the colleges will not have as much funding to do things to improve the school. Although I do believe that the prices could be reduced to make it more affordable for everyone, and this would help increase the amount of people who attend college. If public colleges were free, this would not give them the money to do renovations or afford the supplies they needed to run colleges, especially proper living conditions in the dorms.

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  • Jackson from Kentucky

    Collage should not be free, because there would be no incentive to really work hard in life. If college was free there would no longer be an incentive to get a degree if everyone has one instead it would be a demand that you have to get if you ever want to get a job. This would also skyrocket taxes making the cost of living even higher leaving those with low paying jobs behind.

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  • Joe from Kentucky

    I feel as if public universities should keep their current tuition rates. I feel this way because I want the best for all. I think that if we stop paying for college, then students will not get the same level of education. If the institutions have less cash flow, then they will not be able to pay their staff as much. This may result in these institutions losing valuable faculty to higher paying colleges. This will have a domino effect that causes our students to get a less-than ideal education. When we pay, this allows for the colleges to have the money to spend on better faculty and resources for the students.

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    I feel as if public universities should keep their current tuition rates. I feel this way because I want the best for all. I think that if we stop pay…

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  • Garrett from Kentucky

    The cost to go to university is high because the quality of those schools are high. It is likely that the better an education one can receive from a university, the higher the cost to go to that university will be. This is for a reason, higher costs produce higher budgets, and higher budgets allow the university to develop their educational programs and opportunities. If public universities are made tuition free then the amount of money a university receives will decrease, resulting in a lower budget and less program development. Higher education will stay stagnant and eventually decline.
    The amount of money it takes to run a university is extensive, and if public university is made free, the government would need to pay for the universities budget. With how costly it would be, the government would most definitely lower the salaries of workers at universities, including professors. If the amount of money professors are paid is decrease, the quality of education of professors would decrease as they would chose other career options if they won’t get satisfactory pay. Ultimately, making public universities tuition free would result in a nation wide lowering in education level.

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  • Emma from Kentucky

    If college tuition was free, higher education would be able to be accessed by all people. While this sounds like a great thing, where would the money come from? Universities charge high exorbitant prices because they need the money in order to keep their institutions running. If students no longer need to pay tuition, how can these Universities stay afloat? Taxes would need to raised significantly higher and would anger many. Not everyone goes to college nor do they need to, why should they have to pay the higher taxes for a system that does not benefit them? The high tuition cost should be seen as a motivation to succeed and do better so they can pay off the debt. While the tuition can suffocate many it is necessary. That is why there are many different scholarships and ways to receive help in these areas.

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  • Anna from Kentucky

    It is no secret that millenials and college students are drowning in debt from student loans. However, college should not be tuition-free. The reason is that nothing is actually “free” in life. Where would this money come from to pay for every single person’s college education? Our country’s national debt is already in the trillions and rises every second. Taxes would have to increase exponentially to cover the cost of education and teachers’ salaries. When I put my own money into something, I make sure to take good care of it. The same idea applies to college education. If someone invests money into their future and education, they will be more likely to work hard in school and not slack off. I feel like a big contributor to the student loan crisis is kids not being smart with their money (or their parents’ money). Instead of going to a perfectly fine in-state college, they may go to college out of state and pay an exuberant amount of money for the same quality of education. While it is certainly true that there are many kids that do not have much money and cannot afford to go to college, there are always scholarships, grants, the FAFSA, and many more opportunities to seek out financial aid. Community colleges also provide education at a lower cost. There are many options for people seeking a higher education.

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  • Elizabeth from Kentucky

    Being a senior in high school currently applying to college, I would say yes to free college for sure. But, looking at the bigger picture, this wouldn’t work out in the long run. College is expensive for a reason. There has to be a way to pay for the teachers, facilities, etc. If the students going to college aren’t paying for that, who’s going to? It would most likely end up being an increase in taxes, which means everyone would end up paying for it. However, college is ridiculously expensive, and prices just keep going up. I think that we should work to find a way to lower if not stop the growth of college prices. This would definitely begin to reduce, and hopefully to eventually eliminate, student loans and debt. Many people want to go to college, but simply cannot afford it. I would love for everyone who has dreams of going to college to happen. But I don’t think that making colleges free is the solution. I think that working to lower the cost of tuition is a start in the right direction.

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    Being a senior in high school currently applying to college, I would say yes to free college for sure. But, looking at the bigger picture, this wouldn…

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  • Zoe from Kentucky

    Public universities should not be free for numerous reasons. For example, if college was free, then taxes across the board would greatly increase. In general, no one likes taxes. Arguments would arise about the fact that their hard earned money is being used for something else. University costs are extremely high and need to be reduced; however, they should not be free. The cost of a school causes students to work harder to achieve scholarships and financial aid. Free colleges may initially help people, but in the long run, people still have to pay the money they would have to in order to go to college through their taxes.

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  • Erin from Kentucky

    I don’t think colleges should be free because it would drastically increase everyone’s taxes. It’s not fair that someone who works a minimum wage job should have to pay more in taxes so a student can go to college. It also would lessen the paycheck of employees of the college because there is no tuition to pay their salary. Paying for college also decreases the chance of students dropping out because they don’t want to waste all their money on nothing. The constitution does not require anyone to attend college, so the government should not be responsible for paying for it. Even though it would greatly benefit students who can’t afford college, it doesn’t seem possible.

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    I don’t think colleges should be free because it would drastically increase everyone’s taxes. It’s not fair that someone who works a minimum wage jo…

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  • Joseph from Kentucky

    Public universities should not become tuition free for several reasons. If everyone could receive a degree for free then degrees would lose value and would just be years of unpaid work down the drain. Employers would be even less impressed with degrees than they are now. Not only would students be less likely to care about their studies, they would feel as though they have to get a degree just because they can even if it doesn’t raise their future salaries. This would also cause employers to look down upon people who don’t have degrees as the mindset would likely be that everyone should get a degree. Making public universities free would be very expensive and is not the answer to our student loan debts.

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  • charlie from Kentucky

    No I do not think public universities should have free-tuition because if that did happen the tax increase would be crazy throughout this country and this would cause a lot of people to be really frustrated. Student Loans isn’t the only debt you have to pay as you grow old so it wouldn’t make that big of a change but it would also have a big impact on your life as well. College is a choice and in order to get a high paying job most of the time you have to go to college so I do not think public universities should have free tuition.

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  • Alex from Kentucky

    I do not believe public universities should become tuition-free because the tax rates will go through the roof in those states and throughout the whole country. There are way too many public universities that have varying prices for tuition to completely take away their costs. There is such a wide variety of colleges just in the state of Kentucky. The people that commit to getting a college education are doing it because they believe their lives will be positively affected. These costs that are in place right now give them a sense of determination to really finish their education at their college and provide another solid reason not to drop out.

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    I do not believe public universities should become tuition-free because the tax rates will go through the roof in those states and throughout the whol…

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  • Ryan from Kentucky

    No, I don’t think that making university tuition-free will solve any problems. Sure more people would be able to attend college but then again how are we supposed to fund these universities if we make them tuition-free? Making tuition completely free will skyrocket taxes. Taxes already pay for the education of public schooling all the way up until 12th grade. If we were to pay for the funding of every single child’s college education there would be no way to fund these schools.

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    No, I don’t think that making university tuition-free will solve any problems. Sure more people would be able to attend college but then again how are…

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  • Erin from Kentucky

    No, they should not be tuition free because each student should be held accountable for figuring out college for themselves. It gives them something to work for and look forward to. It keeps them motivated to work and stay out of trouble. Although some may not be able to pay for college, there are scholarships and other tuition aid opportunities.

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  • Noah from New York

    As much as I would love to see my college life rolling on without any financial burden, the thought does not come naturally to me. Currently I am leading a very satisfactory college life with great education, amazing experiences, all in a wonderful environment. Thinking that all of this as free would be too good to be true. I feel I have an obligation and a responsibility towards what I am living through right now, and although paying my tuition does not come easy to me, it seems to be worth it. Now some may not have the same experiences in college as I have, and some may not have any college experiences at all due to the lack of affordability. But imagine having free tuition where all people of any income can enroll. It sounds wonderful on the surface. But we are missing the details which is, the deteriorated quality and the effect on the society. The quality as I mentioned, would drastically drop as less of the finance will be given to the institution, as well as the educators. In addition, it will affect society as taxes will rise in contrast. Ultimately, the border between high school and college will start to blur, and college will end up becoming more like a second high school . There is a stark contrast between public universities and private universities because of their affordability. What difference would there be left between public universities and high school if they made college a free institution?

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  • Sydney from Tennessee

    As a current college student, I desperately want to say that public colleges should be free. College is outrageously expensive, and many students drop out or simply do not attend because they cannot afford it. Those who go, walk out with thousands of dollars in debt. However, I do not think it should be free for the better of society.
    If college were free, who would be paying for it? Taxes would increase, so you would be paying the cost in some form. Should the person driving truck or working in retail pay for their doctor’s college? Also, if college were free, would the college itself have less income? If the college had less income, then the college would be improving at a lesser speed, so the student’s facilities wouldn’t be superior. I also believe that if college were free, then less people would be willing to fill in the trade school jobs and/or jobs that require no education or skill. If these jobs lacked people, then who would be working these positions? Not everyone should go to college. Those that are willing to bear the money and stress and work hard all throughout college should be in most of the college jobs. Yes, I do think college should be free for those who have the work ethic but just cannot afford. Hence, we have grants and scholarships. However, college should not be free for everyone because taxes would increase, the value of college would decrease, and lower level jobs that we really need would no longer be filled. Free college would be great for the individual but not for the nation.

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  • Brianna from Wyoming

    Everybody’s taxes would increase, and you do not have to go to college. College is a choice, and there’s tons of people who have a great career who haven’t gone to college.

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  • Ty from California

    I saved my momey and paid my own way. It can ne done. University teachers are over payed plus many get their own housing subsidies. If they really care care about their students, they should take lower pay so more students can pay less.

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  • Lucy from Indiana

    Everyone should pay for their own college, because eventually people have higher taxes because of that. The money has to come from somewhere. Maybe some things shouldn’t always need a college degree, but just a certification.

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  • Isaac from South Carolina

    College tuition should not be free. Students should have to pay their way though college weather that is earning scholarships, or working a job. By paying their way to college, they will realize how much it costs and have more dedication to their studies. A prime example is in the pubic school system; because children don’t directly pay for their schooling, they do not have very much dedication to their studies. While college students who are paying their way, have more motivation to do well. If Tuition was free for students in college, taxes would go up, for someone has to pay for the tuition. Also the average GPA in college would drop as students would not have the cost of college motivating them to work hard.

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  • Christopher from Georgia

    While there is reasonable evidence that a high school education is necessary for success in the United States (The Brooking Institute states that it is one of three life style choices that will almost completely eliminate an American’s risk for poverty.), a college education is simply not something that everybody in America needs.

    Non-college graduates can find good paying jobs in America, and as tuition increases, more Americans are finding it financially beneficial to job into the workforce immediately after high school.

    Furthermore, making public universities tuition-free does not magically make the cost of college go away. The money has to come from somewhere – that is taxpayers’ back pockets. Increasing taxes on everyone in order to pay for college essentially punishes those that do not chose to go to college

    Besides, the government has already tried to decrease the financial burden of college tuition with some negative consequences. According to Pew Research, for every dollar that the Pell Grant cap is increased, average college tuition increases by 40 cents. Choosing to make public universities tuition-free is a choice to exponentially multiply this financial burden and place it on the shoulder of American taxpayers.

    Making public universities tuition-free makes little sense because increasingly burdening taxpayers for something that is not necessary is unreasonable. In modern day America, not everyone needs a college education. While “free” things sound attractive, “free” does not really make them free.

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  • Jeffrey from Massachusetts

    Making college free isn’t the right way to eliminate debt. It’s the students who have to make the right choices and find something that can help them make money. If you can make money out of it, then it’s alright to go into debt. Also, you’ll have to raise taxes on a population body in which two thirds of whom never went to college.

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  • susie from Iowa

    I don’t believe that tuition should be free because that means that the money is coming from the taxpayers dollars. You would more likely pay more in taxes towards the cause over the years than you would have if you just paid for your own college. It also would take away the incentive to do well in high school because you wouldn’t be trying to earn scholarships. Therefore there would most likely be a decrease in grades among high school students.

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