College education should be free?

Sara Remar , Courier Staff

If college was free it would mostly benefit those who struggle financially. Harvard Law of Education claims that if college was free to students it would mean that states would be funding anyone attending universities.

There would still be financial help from federal and state programs, but whatever was not covered through that would be put on the states. This would be beneficial to not only people who are not financially able to afford college but also for people who do not receive any financial help due to FASFA.

Having free college education would also benefit those who come from families that are well off, but the student is paying for their own education. Several young adults are penalized from FASFA because their parent’s annual income is high, but in the end, their mother and father are not paying for their education. In this scenario, students end up with thousands of dollars in debt that they must pay back for the rest of their lives. This raises the cost of living, and it also raises the nation’s debt as well. The cost of attending a university is rising and is not going to stop anytime soon. If college was free, there would be less of a burden for everyone who is interested in attending a four-year university, and would give everyone an equal opportunity to succeed.

One of the biggest arguments against a free college education is that it will never be 100 percent free. There will be the cost of books, food, somewhere to live and several other expenses that can come up along the way. Another main argument is that a college education is not needed to succeed.

The argument of college not being entirely free is somewhat true, but students who have their tuition payed for will value that opportunity. They will be able to have a job and save money as they go. Scholarships will still be awarded, which means that these implied costs could be reduced or even eliminated.

The second main argument of a college education not being a necessity to succeed may not be completely false, but it does raise some eyebrows. College may not be for everyone, and people can surely succeed by not taking that path. But, with the cost of living increasing yearly, it is going to being very difficult for those who have jobs that give them a yearly salary of only $30,000 to support more than two people. Trade school is always an option, but it is still a form of school that is needed to make more money than people without any sort of higher education.

If there was no cost, there would be much more success seen by individuals who come from low income. There is also a possibility that in the future the need for free college education will become a necessity. If there is going to be a change, it is gradually going to happen. This is an important topic that needs to be talked about because it is going to start affecting the futures of students and future employees of the company’s that run the world.