‘Free college’ isn’t really ‘free’

Bernie Sanders’ concept of “free college” caught the eye of many Americans  – especially millennials.

Sanders’ idea is to give people who are underprivileged the opportunity to go to college.

This concept seems ideal, but it is unrealistic.

20 out of 22 economists argued that “free college” is a bad idea, NPR recently reported.

“Free college” isn’t actually free – it would increase taxes and government spending.

It would actually cost the government $40 billion to make college tuition free.

This total is on top of the money states put into their public universities to make them more inexpensive.

Joining the military is a way to receive “free college,” but even then it is not actually free.

The Montgomery GI Bill offers $50,000 a year as long as the person enlists in the military and pays $100 every month for the first year enlisted.

The GI Bill is not limited to college but could be used for certificate programs, apprenticeships and other types of educational courses.

People believe “free college” would be a great idea because more people would go to college – but a major problem is that more people would go to college.

“Free college” would reduce the value of a four-year degree from a public university.

“Free college” would devalue public universities’ competition and increase competition to private universities.

A 2011 College Board report stated that the average tuition for a private institution was $38,589, while in-state students at public, four-year institutions paid just over $17,000.“It is wrong, and we know it. There are always costs involved, and if college graduates are going to reap the greater economic rewards and opportunities of earning a degree,” former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie said in 2015, “then it seems fair for them to support the cost of the education they’re receiving. Earning a degree should actually involve earning it.”


by Jessica Parks


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