The Cost of Equal Opportunity: An in Depth Look at the College Tuition Cost Epidemic

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The idea of freedom and equal opportunity that America was built on has sadly been lost and replaced with a system of quality education only being accessible by the wealthy. In-state college tuition should be free for all students meeting admission requirements, allowing students from the full spectrum of economic backgrounds to have the same opportunity to receive the same education. The incidence of poverty in the U.S. is directly linked to educational level. When a college degree is earned, income levels rise (College Board). The best use of federal government anti-poverty funds is not another welfare or assistance program; it is to make college education affordable for everyone.
A high school education is no longer sufficient
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America’s income gap is continuing to widen because opportunities to receive a college education are becoming more and more expensive, and college is leaving many graduates more and more indebted. “Together with the current structure of financial aid, it is furthering the transfer of money to wealthy families and the financial sector. Specifically, as tuition rises, access to college is limited to those who can afford increasing amounts of interest-bearing loans” (Szymanski). As the cost of college continues to rise, lower class Americans will increasingly not be able to afford college and be condemned to lower wages and higher unemployment, which is a direct contradiction to the idea of equal opportunity. To avoid such an “un-American” outcome, in-state college tuition at public institutions should be available to all without charge. Making all in-state college tuition free would lead to a much more diverse population of students attending colleges and receiving degrees, thereby increasing lifetime earnings and reducing the chances of unemployment. There are bright minds who feel the cost of attending college does not make sense economically for them so they choose to join the workforce after high school, limiting their income potential. Education should be about maximizing potential and training for the jobs of the future. On a personal level, it is about striving to be all a person can be and

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