The Effects Of Free Education On The Colleges, Our Communities, And The Economy

1356 Words Sep 6th, 2016 6 Pages
One of the main first world struggles of this decade is the cost of a higher education. The cost for college tuitions is quickly rising every year, therefore, people are less likely to strive for college due to cost. Unfortunately ordinary mundane jobs like McDonald’s or Pizza Hut are starting to requiring college education for more high paying positions. Even so, college enrollments are dropping 69% to 66% in 2008-2013 ( JP. “What are the odds of succeeding with a college degree?”). With all this it seems pretty evident that Free Education would be the very best option, but what are the effects of Free education on ourselves, the colleges, our communities, and the economy? It’s true that higher education has benefits on the individual, but with free education there can possibly be massive cons that not only affect the students, but the school itself. To understand how cons you need to know how colleges get funding in the first place. Most colleges, excluding privately owned and community colleges, get there money from the state and tuition fees. Both are needed to run a college; bigger colleges that hold more people and need more state funding and higher tuition fees. On average state and local funding has been growing 5.7% between 2013 and 2014 reaching 86.3 billion dollars and tuition fees have grossed colleges on average of 64.3 billion dollars (Allie Bidwell. “The ‘New Normal’ of Higher Ed Funding”). Even with all this money colleges are still dependent on tuition…

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