Op-Ed: Why College Should Be Free For Students

The debate of free college has always been something that people across the United States talk about. Should students across the United States be able to further their education without having to worry about student debt? Or should people still have to pay for their college education? I was always on the outside of the debate, but now that I just finished my first year at college, I understand why college should be free. 

I’m a firm believer that someone shouldn’t have to pay to get an education. Everyone should be able to have easy access to an enriching education that will not only help them in the future, but also help the country. With the average cost of tuition and fees at an in-state public college being over $10,000 per year, many people can’t afford going to school. 

Now I’m sure a lot of ‘experienced’ adults who have had to work hard in their young adult years are probably saying “take out a student loan.” But in the nicest way possible, that’s a lot easier for you to say. The United States has seen a 200% increase in in-state tuition since 1998, when the average was only at $3,190. It would be a lot easier to go to school or even to take out a student loan when you had to pay on average $3,198. 

If more people have access to an education, that means that society will be able to progress faster

Additionally, people with education can better understand their society and its current economic conditions. As a result, they may be more inclined to participate in politics and improve their country.

Furthermore, it’ll help boost the economy. Most students graduate with a massive amount of debt, and they will likely continue to add to that debt with interest. As such, it can take many many years before they manage to pay off that student debt. 

According to The University of the People: The Education Revolution, if students were to graduate without debt, they could “fast track their ability to earn, save, and spend.” They also go on to say that “With increases in consumer spending, there is more demand. More demand in spending also relates back to higher demand in the workforce…this spurs a positive cycle of economic activity. 

On the other hand, if people were to graduate without debt, that could fast track their ability to earn, save, and spend. This helps to stimulate the economy. With increases in consumer spending, there is more demand. More demand in spending also relates back to higher demand in the workforce or more opportunities for employment. This spurs a positive cycle of economic activity.

People already get a free education in public schools from kindergarten to 12th grade, so why not continue that? Not only will it be better for the individual student themselves, but also for society as a whole. 


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