The Pros And Cons Of Free State College Education

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The costs of college education have risen significantly over the past 50 years and continue to climb at a rate that stands as a looming threat to the future of college education. The most recent presidential election brought about a new round of discussion over the possibility of free state college tuition. President Barack Obama first mentioned the idea in 2015 and conflicting opinions have arisen surrounding the subject ever since. Many people think that free state college education would enable more Americans to receive and then use an education at a greater level than in years past. Others argue that there would be many more disadvantages than benefits to free state college education. Providing free state college education to all citizens …show more content…
These pathways exist in public benefits such as tuition subsidies, living grants, and public loans, and in the form of scholarships (Bruenig). While pursuing a college education, students must apply for aid and scholarships to receive assistance and then typically work to pay off any other expenses the year may bring. Moreover, this brings up an important point proven repeatedly throughout history; “if something is of value, then it will be worth working towards and paying for” (Luebke). Any student that truly values an education would be willing to put in the hard work to make ends meet. Free education would result in virtually no reason to put in an effort. Additionally, the tuition proposals that both Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton have proposed would make sense if there were a shortage of access to college education in certain areas of work, but that is not the problem. In 2015, only 55 percent of college students graduated with a degree six years after first enrolling in a specific major. This statistic stands even with work-study programs, scholarships, tuition assistance, and federal loans available to many of the students that graduate and dropout alike. When looking closer at the dropout rates and reasonings, money is not actually the problem. The problem, in fact, tended to be family issues and transportation (Luebke). With this in mind, a free college education does not help the situation, especially considering the steps already taken to lower costs and give more options to make college

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