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Should Higher Education Be Free?
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21 / M / New Jersey
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Posted 11/18/13
Do you think higher education should, must, or even could be free?



In essence, just provide your input on why a higher education should or should not be free.
List the pros and cons.
Discuss anything related if you'd like.


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If it was free, some of the programs wouldn't be as good, the teachers would struggle more than they already do with paychecks and jobs, and everyone's taxes would shoot up to cover the costs. Nothing is ever really free. That's what I think, at least.
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There is no such thing as "Free", taxpayers are paying for this so called "free college" and as a taxpayer i dont want to have to pay for lazy neighbor bill who will party his way through college and then not find a job with is stupid ass "history of the anus' degree.
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Given the financial status of the country, probably not but it should be much cheaper. Each of my years (2009-2012) was over £3000 but now it is over £9000 per year (I live in England).
It felt free at the time, Student Finance paid my tuition fee with a loan. However, it does mean that will spend almost the rest of my life paying it back.
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I think education should be affordable.

Financial offices should be there to discern how much each student should pay based on financial circumstances rather than giving x amount of options for student loans regardless of the student's situation.

And private student loans ought to be wiped off the face of the planet.
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19 / M / Ljubljana, Slovenia
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Definitely not. As previously mentioned, there wouldn't be enough money to go towards teachers, supplies, or the school. It should be much cheaper, but the United States hasn't figured out a good way to do that yet, like some of the Scandinavian countries have.
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22 / M / Virginia
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I don't see the downside of a more educated population if Education became more affordable with increased taxes.
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Posted 11/18/13
No
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Free as in payed for by the government ? Yes but mainly because next year I'll be shedding out around £30,000 to £50,000 for Uni but also no because of the increase in taxes.
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Posted 11/18/13

Shukuchi wrote:

Free as in payed for by the government ? Yes but mainly because next year I'll be shedding out around £30,000 to £50,000 for Uni but also no because of the increase in taxes.


Government is basically run by taxes, so tax increases are inevitable if you want Affordable Education.
Posted 11/18/13
Why can't it be free as the high schools are? I was told that in Spain the education is free....any Spaniard here who can confirm this and explain how it works?

I have studied in 2 countries and the education in USA is a joke! high school was sooooo easy compared to the education from other countries and still people struggle to finish high school. I believe education should be free but harder and more strict and if free is not an option, like others have said, it should be more affordable.
Posted 11/18/13 , edited 11/18/13
I don't know about free, but the price could definitely be cut. The more something is subsidized the more expensive it gets cause that are not as careful with costs etc or they just succumb to out right greed. In any case if it keep getting more expensive, they will price most people out of the market unless they are willing shoulder crushing debt, more than they already are. It does not help the job market sucks for everyone.
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Posted 11/18/13 , edited 11/18/13
In my case I wish it was free, life doesn't work out like that.

So the answer is...no.
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Posted 11/18/13 , edited 11/18/13
No. It should not be free. No education should be free. Are you a socialist my friend? Away with public education! Away with socialists and liberals (same fucking thing) who don't understand the reality of what they're trying to accomplish!

But you would do well to understand this one simple thing about the world. There are a lot of people who simply don't understand this... a certain president.. and his lackeys. There is NO such thing as FREE ANYTHING. Everything costs something. This is why socialism.. (which you're suggesting) does not work. You always run out of someones money. Do not fall for it. Socialism sounds nice, and the media tells you it is "politically correct" because it sounds so nice. Wouldn't it be great if someone always helped pay for everything you wanted?! But do not fall for it. Socialistic ideals got us into the mess we're in today. And guess what. Everything is NOT Bush's fault. Bush actually left office with the country on a road to a surplus. A real one... not a fake one like Clinton had. Guess which president ruined that though? Just take a wild fucking guess. You can look all this up. I'm not bullshitting anyone. The information is all there. Look for it. But I'm way off topic.


phogan wrote:

I don't know about free, but the price could definitely be cut. The more something is subsidized the more expensive it gets cause that are not as careful with costs etc or they just succumb to out right greed. In any case if it keep getting more expensive, they will price most people out of the market unless they are willing shoulder crushing debt, more than they already are. It does not help the job market sucks for everyone.


And who are you expecting to "cut" it? The government? Take it up with the school you want to join. The government is not supposed to meddle in stuff like that. Until Americans understand what the government is ACTUALLY made for we'll continue on this downward spiral of spending and price hikes. Read the constitution. It's not hard. It's not even long or complicated. You'd be surprised how much the government... isn't supposed to be doing. How much treason there is in Washington. How dependent Americans are becoming on an overgrown and constitutionally ... illegal government.


(That wasn't all directed at you so don't take offence. Unless you're a liberal. Was just venting some rage.)



There are some countries to my knowledge that do offer a tuition free college education... Which is great in my viewpoint!


We should be ashamed of ourselves. This is not what our predecessors wanted. This is not what they fought and died for. That we are producing such ignorant youths that wish America was... Cuba. That don't understand the gifts they've been given. Truly saddens me.
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Posted 11/18/13
The costs of school will always be there. The question becomes how do you think we should pay for it.

Is it the responsibility of the society, and thus through taxes?
Is it the responsibility of the parents, and thus through family support?

In my experience, tuition can be payed for in some way, shape, or form. it's the books in the US that cost outrageous amounts. As well, it's illegal to buy the international edition of college texts that are affordable, even though they are the same.

I don't know the answer, but I would shy away from the idea that 'I don't want to pay for some lazy ass kids to go party and get drunk' and that line of thought. You pay several times more money towards supporting corporate subsidy programs for multi billion dollar profitable corporations than you do for social welfare.
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