Making College Free

How school tuition can become free for everyone

by Sebastian Quezada (Staff Writer) – 11/6/15

Student stressing over tuition cost
Student stressing over tuition cost

With college expenses going up every year, students are beginning to demand a free education for everyone in the country. For most public colleges in the U.S, tuition rates go up about three percent every year, making the average tuition cost $31,231.

According an article by The Atlantic, the government is currently spending $62.6 billion dollars on college and universities, but most of this money is being wasted on students who don’t even end up graduating. Reporter Bob Samuels states that “only thirty percent of Americans who start college or universities end up graduating and the rest don’t.” The biggest reason why these students actually end up dropping out is because they can’t pay off the tuition for four or six years.

Almost all students who go to college or universities start to look for work right away because of the money they need to pay of their tuition and the problem with that is that students who work and go to school don’t end up graduating in four years but instead in six or more years. By making school tuition free, students wouldn’t have to worry about working and going to school at the same time and also “the graduation rate would increase drastically,” states Samuels.

Senior Sahir Yusef believes that “by making education free, students will be more productive in their studies and won’t have to work and study at the same time.” One problem that the country is currently trying to lower is the unemployment rate which is at 5.5 percent, and by lowering or making schools tuition free the rate would go down.“If all 18-24 year olds were in college, we would reduce the unemployment rate by 2 million people and fewer people would be in need of governmental assistance,” states reporter Daniel Indiviglio from The Atlantic. By providing less state help to lend students money, the state would be able to spend that money on other public services.

Certain people tend to question this argument by asking where would the money come from to support the schools if it’s all free? According to Samuels, instead of the government spending its money on for-profit colleges that “don’t produce many graduates,” and giving the wealthy people a “tax break”, it should directly funds to the universities and community colleges. The government should also have a minimum requirement of the university spending at least 50 percent of their state and federal funding on direct instructional costs argues Samuel.

Other countries such as Germany and France provide free education and have seen huge advancements in their work force. America’s economy has not been able to compete with other countries with free education because of its economy, but the reason why is because the students in those countries that provide free education have a bigger incentive to go to college, and after graduating they don’t have to go into debt and can be more productive in their workplace and use that money more effectively.

Important people such as President Barack Obama and Democratic candidate Bernie Sanders have touched on this issue and have realized that by making education free, the country could thrive and would improve the lives of many people. It is a matter  of time until we see if this becomes reality or not.