If you're like me, student loans are killing you. Seeing the amount of wasteful spending and salary hikes for administrators and presidents the private schools I went to took part in doesn't help either, since it gives me pretty jaded glimpse at what my tuition dollars were actually put towards.
A lot of data out there shows that not only has the government passed the burden of the cost of college onto today's students (pell grant removals and unchecked interest rate changes) but the spending of money on amenities and salaries for presidents and administrators have led to colleges charging even more.
Knowing that college is just not for everyone, if drastic changes led it becoming totally free, do you think people who otherwise would not have attended would have been swaded into giving it a try? Or do you think individuals would still opt out simply because they would rather start working and couldn't wait to leave the classroom in high school? Would it be a drastically different pool of applicants wanting to attend college?
It's too bad that congress doesn't realize that a bunch of broke 21 year olds makes for a bad economy.
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As some one who got scholarships, grants, AND loans. I can say that it would make undergraduate life better. However, what I really need if free graduate school.
The average student debt is 150,000 for the graduate program I have to complete to start my career.
So, if college was free I wouldn't be a slave of the government for years.
And I think President Obama is trying to make technical college free for 2 years which would be enough for so many Americans to get an associates degree and open up so many better paying career opportunities. Also, 2 free years could help someone earn half of their bachelor's degree.
If college was free so many people would be able to better their lives.
Students wouldn't have to choose between working to pay for school or studying for school.
I think it's a wonderful idea. It would require change to set up a working system in which students received a free education and teachers were still paid. But it can be done.
And if college were free, I would be the happiest woman in the world.0