Why Should College Be Free

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College Affordability: Should College be Free? One of the major issues of higher education, is the price. It is no secret that the cost of college can affect whether a student attends or not. Pricey tuition can, often, scare students with the potential to become future leaders away. However, in many cases, cheaper prices mean poor and inferior quality. If we make universities entirely free, the quality of the education would be comprised. In “Is College Doomed?” Graeme Wood informs us of Minerva, an online university that reformed higher education by mainly removing the unnecessary, reducing the cost of their tuition. Barbara Dudley, the founder of the Oregon Working Families Party which helped confront student debt, explains the benefits of paying tuition costs after graduation in her article, “The Oregon …show more content…
In-person rigorous entrance exams should be implemented in the college admission process. Some high school graduates are not prepared for the demands of higher education. I took one year to prepare for and decide on a college education. For many, it could take longer and others may not ever be college ready. This is another major issue of higher education; college is not for everyone. Mihalic states, “students must recognize that nobody has an inherent right to an advanced education” (Mihalic). Society seems to think negatively of people who are not for college, when it should be an acceptable notion. We place a negative stereotype on those that do not attend or finish college. Nevertheless, we are not short of jobs that do not demand a college degree as a requisite, such as job opportunities as waiters, housekeepers, handymen, plumbers, electricians or mechanics. Higher education should be seen as a privilege, not a right. A way of proving whether a student may or may not be prepared for college is through entrance exams. Wood communicates that “Applicants to

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