Free Public College Education?
“Students from more than 100 American universities united in a Million Student March to protest over tuition fees, student debt and higher wages for campus workers.” There have been debates about public college tuition in recent years. In the article, “Bernie ‘s Bad College Idea”, by Kevin James agrees that free higher public education is not a good idea. Public college education should not be free and instead college tuition should increase to ensure the best possible education available.
In the article, “Bernie ‘s Bad College Idea” by Kevin Gates reviews why Bernie Sanders proposal for free public education may not be a good idea. Bernie Sanders propose “College for All Act,” a bill to make public college education tuition free. Sanders quote, “in a global economy, when our young people are competing with workers from around, we have got to have the best educated workforce possible. And, that means that we have got to make college affordable.”(James). Kevin James agrees that making college available to everyone is the right thing to do but free public college will not achieve that. He does not believe free education can still deliver high quality education.
In reality, nothing is free in life. Somebody will end up paying for a college student to be able to attend for free. Where will the funds come from so that the college system can continue to function? Whether it will be the government’s responsibility to pay for every student to attend or a private enterprise. If the government paid full for tuition, it will result in smaller universities. Smaller institutions will become places for the best of the best. If this happens as competitive as college is right now, it will become more difficult. For example, Brazil offers free public college education, but students must first be admitted. As Abby Jackson quotes, “I would have preferred a public university, but the entrance exams are very competitive. Most spots go to private school graduates, who are better prepared.” (Jackson) The majority of the admitted students are middle class and wealthy students, who can already afford to pay for college, which beat the purpose of education for all. The low-income class will be affected because they do not have the resources available to them as wealthy student. Students in Brazil are competing against each other for a spot on free education. In the end, the middle and wealthy class will receive the spots because they are better prepared than low-income students.
College tuition need to increase to maintain the standards of higher education. The moneys need to come from somewhere and with free education, college may be forced to cut back on spending, lay off employees or even accept less students. There will not be enough funds for it to continue renovating itself. The technology will not be up to date. The facilities will need repair. The staff, employees or professor will lose benefits. All of these will result in a lower quality of education.
Money is not the only thing keeping first generation students from pursing college education. In Norwegian, college education is free, but many of the students who are first generation still do not pursue a higher education. “Only 14 percent of children from the least –educated families in Norway attend college, compared to 58 percent of children from the most educated families.” They do not have programs or resources to encourage first generation college students. Free education is only benefitting students whose parent have an education. In this case, it ‘s more about culture aspect than the money.
Some may argue that free education is a better method than raising the college tuition. Free education will allow equality among students and avoid the burden of debt. In reality, free education can have more disadvantages than advantages. Raising the tuition is not the problem, it is the amount of financial aid available. Low income and middle class will not be affected. In fact, with an increase intuition, the college will have extra money to return for the students that need extra help. Any student that receives financial aid and middle class will qualify. The low income and middle class qualifies for more grant. The only students that will be left out will be higher income students. And if money is still a problem. There are other options available to students. Community college is very affordable and two years is all it takes for a college student to transfer.
Tuition is not the only problem for college student. There are other factors affecting the student ability to stay debt free.
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