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I've worked hard to make sure I kept my college GPA up wile keeping myself out of debt. Last spring I got my Associates in Science with a 3.97GPA and $5k still in the bank. It's not that people can't afford collage, it's that many don't know how to afford it (aka where to look for scholarships/grants, balancing school and employment, etc.). It's definitely not easy, and made harder when family/children are included in the mix, but it's not impossible.

That being said, I 100% believe that community and state colleges/universities should free. Private schools will have to work with their own funds/tuition, but that goes without saying.

To do this, schools should become more lax in their admissions criteria, but strict in their requirements for continued free tuition. This way, the doorway to higher education can be open for pretty much anyone, but to make use of the free education, they have to work at it. If you fall short of the criteria, you can appeal and rectify the grade (retaking the course, etc.) to make use once again of the free classes, but the retaken course will have normal tuition fees subject to financial aid where applicable. Schools with competitive fields should still accept people, but require proof of proficiency or other evaluations before allowing people to study in the competitive programs.
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Nothing is ever free.

But I do agree that students are taken advantage of. Like how about we lower the interest rates on student loans? Also, it's a little bull that even if you declare bankruptcy, your student loans still haunt you.

I don't think that we should lower the standards (like getting just a 2.0 GPA for such and such financial aid).

And this is coming from a girl who cries every time she thinks about how expensive her school is. And actually, I'm going to financial aid tomorrow to see how I can pay for my LAST semester....whooooo for turning 24 in December and losing my "dependent student" status and having it kick you in the butt for not realizing it sooner. Yeah. I go to private school where the tuition for a four year degree costs more than me buying TWO of my dream cars...... HAHAHAHAHAHA -cries- T_T
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The paid colleges aren't worth that much. Free might as well be written on toilet paper.
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If college became free, it would be of great value to those college athletes who have been force to take the short end of a broken system.

There would still be areas of the country screaming unfairness of the entry level requirements due to the very fact their state/county/city refuses to raise the educational, building, and security standards of the public school systems to give those of the younger generations their right to succeed in a safe and successful manner.
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I don't think it should be free there are scholarships out there to help with the cost. But I feel like if you remove guaranteed loans from the federal government out of the system over some years the cost would come down. Right I now I feel like schools are taking advantage of that and jacking up the cost. Pretty much anywhere you look where the federal government is involved the prices are through the roof. Interest rates that banks charge for loans are extreme too but there is no gun to your head saying you have to take that loan. I pay on my own for school its a slower pace but I don't have to worry about that crazy debt afterwards especially since there is no guarantee you will find a job in that field.
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I'm going to community college soon and the price is almost free. But ofc i'd like to go to a university but I'm just not rich enough lmao
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Nothing is ever free. It's paid for by somebody and or all of us. Calling some thing "free" gives the feeling of something for nothing. The whole "free" thing is a myth. I learnt that when I was a teen still in school (12-16). Teachers let us know that our parents, family, neighbours and local communities all paid taxes, part of which funded our time at school. Education with additional individual fees is a better description.
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Free college,in the US, should have happened decades ago.
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pirththee wrote:

Free college,in the US, should have happened decades ago.


What if we abolished private property and all housing was "free".
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I think totally free is a bad idea. I've put close to 50k of my own money(from a grocery store mind you) into school and still somehow owe more than 40k.I have a 5 year degree in Architecture and won't be rich anytime soon. It has made me broke, but also motivated me and changed in many ways. When you pay something yourself, you'll work towards getting A's and getting a job. If education were totally free, many would piss it away and waste this opportunity. Give people more options to get into school, 20hrs a week volunteer work for grants,etc....but free??Half of the people would take it for granted.Do you know how many people I've known who used financial aid money on a 40" big screen, one guy I knew even bought a motorcycle with it.
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biscuitnote wrote:


pirththee wrote:

Free college,in the US, should have happened decades ago.


What if we abolished private property and all housing was "free".


What if we just abolish giant leaps in unrelated logic?
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pirththee wrote:


biscuitnote wrote:


pirththee wrote:

Free college,in the US, should have happened decades ago.


What if we abolished private property and all housing was "free".


What if we just abolish giant leaps in unrelated logic?


What if food was made "free". Free food man
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Great idea in theory but not likely to happen soon. If you really want to go to college for free kids, do well in school, work hard for your grades. There are full tuition scholarships out there waiting to be had. Is it rare to get one yes, is there lots of hard competition yes. But even if that fails, you still have academic/merit scholarships to help you out some if you don't get the full ride.
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I rarely take the Darwinistic, rightist approach - but for this I will. I think college should be free for those who deserve it. Which is what we have currently in America. I mean, you don't need a college education to survive. You can get a $20-30k job with a high school diploma or GED (why don't they let you get a GED instead of going to high school when you're not 18? I dunno.)

I agree that professions are increasingly requiring a college education, if not graduate education, but the timeless jobs that don't require it are still there... And I'm not talking about becoming a janitor, garbage guy, truck driver. I'm talking about like secretary, librarian, etc. Oh and let's not forget real estate agent (although I guess that requires a little bit of coursework).

But anyway, I think college should be free if your highschool GPA is X, if you score X in PSAT/SAT, and/or if you do really well in a college's private admission test.

I don't think we should be wasting money throwing free expensive college tuitions at people who don't want to be there or aren't serious about it. You know, the goofballs. And it's perfectly fine to procrastinate, never do work, never go to class, but do well on exams and tests -- because despite being lazy, at least you're serious about getting the education. I'm talking about not giving free tuition to people who go to college, drink, party, have no recollection of when their tests are coming up, don't do assignments, fail tests, and don't even care.

But I guess there are circumstances when your highschool GPA is low because of social/private problems like depression, and then I guess that also affects SATs and college admission tests. For these people they deserve free tuition too, and shouldn't be lumped in with the goofballs. I think there should be a hardship exception for people like them, and they get auto-free tuition. Sigh but then the goofballs will abuse the system and lie and say they QQ'd in high school once, and htat's why they failed. Idk.
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biscuitnote wrote:


pirththee wrote:


biscuitnote wrote:


pirththee wrote:

Free college,in the US, should have happened decades ago.


What if we abolished private property and all housing was "free".


What if we just abolish giant leaps in unrelated logic?


What if food was made "free". Free food man


It would be called Rome.
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