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Should College Be Free?

In today’s society, there are a lot of problems pertaining to the U.S. educational system - and they continue to grow. Recently, the question of whether or not college should be free has sparked a debate. Some feel even if college offers free tuition, students will still have to pay for "other college related expenses" that they are not thinking about before deciding to attend. You will see shortly why I believe college tuition shouldn't be free.

Most people who argue for free college tuition feel it will be easier for students and cause them less stress, but this is not the case. The other expenses students may have to worry about during their attendance can include: purchasing books and dorm room amenities, transportation, internet, and more. Free college doesn’t lead to a better education; in fact, it can reduce quality. If there is a free college experience, it will cause attendees to go for the wrong reasons, lead to a decline in quality, and possibly not guarantee them a good job. Colleges offer different scholarships that can reward students with money if they take the opportunities, which is a better alternative to simply having it covered for free.


While free college education may seem like an ideal solution to address issues of student debt and create a stronger workforce, it’s important to consider the potential challenges and consequences that come with this type of system. Eventually, finding a balance between affordability and quality education is crucial. By continuing the debate and exploring alternative solutions, they can push towards creating a more accessible higher education system for all attendees.


There are a number of pros and cons to a free education, but the best thing for students to do is go to college on earned scholarships, work hard for their degree, and ultimately get the best job possible.


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