Free College Education: 5 Problems People Will FaceBy Jane Reed, UniversityHerald Reporter
Politicians are looking at ways in order to provide free higher education to its citizens - young ones and adults alike. While both camps are looking for a way to budget and promote free colleges, or save students from financial debt, it seems like a free college education is a bit too far to reach.
If college was free, then it should be easy to get. However, according to the Denver Post, the United States is already swimming in $18 trillion in debt. And if college was free, then there shouldn't be a problem. However, there are five problems already foreseen:
1. If college was free, then that means tuition is free. But there are a lot of good paying jobs that are not filled because they don't require employees to have a degree to apply. Instead, they just need certification from technical schools.
2. If taxpayers like the government would pick up the tab, then "there would be no incentive for colleges to hold down costs." If college was free, then kids would go for the Ivy Leagues.
3. If college was free, then the need for dorms, labs and other academic resources would already be covered. But these are not free. These are expenses necessary to provide education.
4. If college was free right now then everybody, especially those above 25 years old would go back to campus. Imagine if everybody in the country, including senior citizens, decide to go to school. That would swamp the universities. And if they are to be denied, then wouldn't that be age discrimination?
5. Lastly, if college was free because the government paid for it, then they have the right to run it. Does the American community feel comfortable with that idea?
Currently, many believe that the nature of a free college education is still a fantasy. Many still say that a long-term solution is necessary for this to come into fruition.