Debate About Free Higher Education Essay

1658 Words Jul 1st, 2016 null Page
There is much debate about free higher education, not only in the United States, but other countries as well. Many countries in Europe already offer free higher education but seem to lack in the quality of education. As some presidential delegates are using free higher education as their platform, will it really be the best option for the United States. There are many factors that come into play when looking at what free really is and is free worth the end results.
According to the National Center for Education Statistics in 2012, out of the expected 75.6 million children from elementary and secondary schools in the United States to go to college, only 20.6 million attended. Of the 20.6 million college students, 17.7 million are undergraduates. Of those, 11.1 million are full time and 6.6 million are part time. 7.2 million students have a two year degree where as 10.6 million have a four year degree. 13.5 million students are in public colleges or universities and 4.3 million attend a private school. Of the 17.7 million undergraduates, 7.7 million were male and 10 million were female. There were 2.9 million postbaccalaureates, and of that, 1.6 million of them were full time and 1.3 million were part time. There were 1.2 million males and 1.7 million females attending a graduate school (Enrollment 1).
The average prices for tuition fees and board for the 2013-14 academic year were $15.640, $40,614 for private non-profit, and $23, 135 for private for-profit. Tuition and…

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