Free Education In California Highly Feasible, Study SaysBy Eleanor Bright, UniversityHerald Reporter
The proposed free education in California was met with resistance as some people believe it might be costly. However, findings of a study released last week showed the opposite. It said that free education will cost as low as $48 for the average income earners in California.
The study was entitled "The $48 Fix: Reclaiming California's Master Plan for Higher Education". The Master Plan referred to the Master Plan of Education in 1960. Under this plan, students enrolled in the community colleges and state universities of California enjoyed free education. However, this ended after around 30 years. In the year 2000, students were made to pay, according to Turlock Journal.
The Master Plan went for free education because of the belief that education would result to the good of the public. This made Carolina one of the best places to study during these years.
Last week, proposed tuition fee hike in some schools in California was approved. This means that students would be spending more for education. Some organizations were in favor of making education in the state free. However, many opposed because they thought it would cost high.
The figures that were presented in the study that showed the cost of free education proved that implementing free tuition would be easy. The cost for people earning $39,000 to $40,000 per year was pegged at $48 per year. Those earning between $90,000 and $100,000 would have to contribute $378 per year. People with income of more than $200,000 would pay $1,800, according to The Press Enterprise.
Apparently, the amount to be added to taxes to support free education is minimal. Nowadays, $48 is a small amount to share for a big cause.
Now that the figures regarding cost were out, the proponents of free education hope to gain public support. If everyone unites, California would be able to provide free access to college education in its state colleges and universities.