Pros And Cons Of Free College

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“Free” College Tuition “A good society provides opportunities for everyone. We need educated people” (Wiener 1). High school graduation comes and many students prepare for their next semester of schooling, college. College is now free for every person in the U.S. Yet, some eligible poor students still get left out from going to college. College is a serious matter that should not be taken lightly or as a “mess around” time of someone’s life. It is to be treated as a step up from high school and a path to maturity. Many students will now attend college just because it is free, but the colleges can only serve and hold so many students. The word “free” sounds great to anyone but the truth is is that there is always a downside. Working while going …show more content…
College should not be free because people work harder for their education when they have to pay for it (Michelle Yates). Michelle has earned two associates degrees and a bachelor degree while working hard and paying for her education. She explains how if she did not have to pay what she did, she probably would not have been so driven to complete these courses. Handfuls of students in K-12 just mess around and do not take schooling seriously. Some of these students will go on to a college or university, but they won’t be there to get a higher education. Many people now just go to large universities for the fun and parties. Make that college tuition free and more students will attend these schools without the intentions of actually getting a higher education. College is a place for high school graduates to start growing up and learning to live on their own. Some may say that life is short and you should be able to enjoy college while you are in it. That is not exactly the point that is trying to be made when it is said to not mess around. One can have fun while still taking their college education seriously. It is not a place to continue on with their childish attitudes they had prior to high school …show more content…
“The problem is that free college isn’t free” (Kelly). If college were to be made free for everyone it would ultimately make taxpayers pay for it and not the students. Colleges still need funding for their students and everything required to operate the college, therefore they will need their funding to come from somewhere if it does not come from the students. Say college tuition was made free for everyone and taxpayers had to pay for it, what about when they decide to stop backing this cause? California has the lowest rate for community college tuition. In 2008 at the time of the recession, around 600,000 students were turned away due to lack of funds (Kelly, par. 3). Basically, the cost of “free” college has to be distributed amongst either individual families or the general public (Kamenetz, par. 5). Making college free for everyone is also likely to benefit everyone besides the students in true need. Little things like not hearing about the free college opportunity due to lack of resources that poor people may have, can restrict them from getting free college if it was an option. This would also make it easier for middle and upper-class students to take the opportunity for free tuition, causing the availability at colleges and universities to disappear. In contrast, the argument may be made that the whole point of free college is just for the students. Countries like Germany have been able to

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