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March 14, 2024

Should higher education be free or subsidized by the government?




Total votes: 6

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  1. CheerfulMagpie
    114

    I do think that the cost of higher education in our nation is outrageous; however, I am unsure whether I believe it should be free. The costs do need to be absolutely decreased, but I am unsure if …Read MoreI do think that the cost of higher education in our nation is outrageous; however, I am unsure whether I believe it should be free. The costs do need to be absolutely decreased, but I am unsure if universal, free university is the answer. Read Less

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  2. FearlessHusky1
    114.5

    In a perfect world, higher education would be free because access to education is a universal right and further education should be determined by people’s skills and not money. However, universal free …Read MoreIn a perfect world, higher education would be free because access to education is a universal right and further education should be determined by people’s skills and not money. However, universal free education is a difficult thing to do and only a handful of countries have it.
    I do not think that the US economic, education and tax systems are conducive to free higher education. Still, there are other measures that can be taken to facilitate access and promote student retention.
    Subsidies are a viable option for a sector of the population, and students could be asked to repay the government by working in the public system for a certain amount of years after graduation. This could also be supplemented by universal no-interest student loans.
    (PS: Article on free college education: https://financesonline.com/free-college-education-statistics/ )
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  3. WittyDeer5
    1.5

    I do believe the costs of higher education in the United States is very expensive, but I don’t believe it should be free. I do agree with idea of “affordable education”, which will allow many people …Read MoreI do believe the costs of higher education in the United States is very expensive, but I don’t believe it should be free. I do agree with idea of “affordable education”, which will allow many people to graduate from these intuitions debt free and in good financial standing when entering their careers. Affordable higher education also allows for higher enrollment rates, and an increase in Americans with degrees. Read Less

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  4. GraciousElephant5
    104

    Completely.

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  5. CuriousPanda2
    97.5

    As mentioned by other comments, I believe higher education should be made more affordable rather than completely free. The current prices for many institutions are exorbitantly high, making it …Read MoreAs mentioned by other comments, I believe higher education should be made more affordable rather than completely free. The current prices for many institutions are exorbitantly high, making it difficult for even financially sound individuals/families to cover tuition. This is especially true for out-of-state students and those who are not receiving aid from scholarships. Such high prices severely limit one’s choices and may leave them with student loans that become a financial handicap in the future. However, I still think schools should charge some amount of tuition in order to maintain a competitive edge and provide excellent resources for those who are willing to pay for them. Read Less

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    1. FearlessHusky1
      114.5

      I think there is an important difference between “willing to pay” and “able to afford” which is the undercurrent issue of whom deserves access to higher education.

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