WhyCollege Education should not be Free
Collegeaffordability has been among the chief concerns in the public spacein recent times (Redd). When the cost of higher education becomes toosteep, most individuals opt not to attend college. This decisionimpacts these persons profoundly in the end because they becomeill-equipped to find meaningful employment. However, collegeeducation also leaves graduates with debts that hamper their abilityto live the type of lifestyle that they want. Free college educationhas been advanced on various occasions in the past, but criticscontend that this move has more costs than benefits. This paperdiscusses why college education should not be free.
Tobegin with, opponents of free education assert that free collegeeducation is not sustainable (Redd). Such an initiative would be tooexpensive for state and federal governments to implement in the longterm. As a consequence, Americans will be forced to pay taxes thatare too high. In the end, the economy will suffer since people willhave less to spend and invest. Additionally, countries such as Japan,the US, South Korea, and Canada have proven that free highereducation is not essential for building the world`s brightestworkforces (Redd). Additionally, a free college education may nothave the required incentive to develop social mobility, which is whatis needed most in America.
Opponentsof the free college education initiative are also contending thatpublic community colleges have become dead ends for students (Redd).For instance, only 20% of first-time, full-time college students whogain college education in two-year colleges get an associate diploma,degree, or even certificate within the first three years ofcommencing their studies. In addition, only 15% of these individualsprogress to earn bachelor degrees within a six-year period.Conversely, 54% of students affiliated with private higher educationinstitutions graduate within three years. If the government decidesto make community colleges free, some students who benefit fromgetting an education in private colleges will suffer. Students whobenefit from private education, for example, may lose access tofederal financial help. They may, as a result, be forced to attendthe crowded public institutions, which may offer less educativematerial.
Afree college education may also result in people looking down ontechnical work (Capps). Electricians, plumbers, landscapers, andconstruction workers are usually looked down on because of thetechnical nature of their work. Free college education would furtherthis problem, and, in the end, lead to a decline in the number ofworkers available in these fields. Additionally, some people haveproven that one can succeed in life even without a college degree(Luebke). These individuals used their initiatives andresourcefulness to succeed in life. Statistics indicate graduates areearning lower salaries than they did in the past. The Economic PolicyInstitute reports that the wages for graduate students have declinedby 2.5% since the year 2000. In 2015, graduate students earned $17.94while in 2000, they earned $18.41.
Ina recap of the above discussion, college tuition would only makesense if there was a lot of demand for people with knowledge inparticular fields and access to a college education was a bigproblem this is not the case. The problem is that many students donot complete their higher education. Critics contend that the move tomake college education free has more costs than benefits. Thus, acollege education should not be free.
Capps,Dalton. "Not Everyone Deserves Free College Tuition". TheDaily Mississippian.N.p., 2016. Web. 3 July 2016.
Luebke,Bob. "Why Free College Tuition Is A Bad Idea". CivitasInstitute.N.p., 2016. Web. 3 July 2016.
Redd,Luke. "Should College Be Free? Pros, Cons, AndAlternatives". Trade-schools.net.N.p., 2016. Web. 3 July 2016.