How Much Is Pursuing Higher Education Worth For Americans? Essay

1203 Words Oct 10th, 2016 5 Pages
How much is pursuing higher education worth to Americans? The actual cost of a decent secondary education these days is astronomical and without higher education, finding a high paying job is becoming harder and harder. The problem is that college has become astronomically expensive. According to the College Board, the average cost of tuition and fees for 2015–2016 was $32,405 for private colleges, $9,410 for public colleges, and $23,893 for out-of-state residents attending public universities. Free college tuition has become a huge topic in the recent presidential elections. This idea would allow United States citizens struggling to pay college tuition an equal opportunity that has been reserved for only the wealthiest Americans. However, the funding for this gargantuan humanitarian project has to come from somewhere. A two year tour of duty with the United States Military is an excellent way to pay for College tuition.
The Idea of free college is not novel. Finland, Norway, Sweden, and Germany already offer free secondary education to their citizens. The Green leader of Lower Saxony, Stefan Körner, banned college fees eight years after they were created saying. “We found that fees interfered with the principle of equal opportunities to a degree that was unacceptable to us.” This method has thrived in other nations, allowing the less fortunate to have opportunity for a better life. However the problem in the United States is, we simply do not pay enough in taxes to fund…

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