Now some decisions are much more difficult than others. The main decision that every high school graduate is faced with is do they go to college or not, and if they do go to college which one do they go to. In today’s society, it is imperative that individuals continue their education. With the exception of low level entry positions, like working at McDonalds, people will need some form of higher education. President Obama stated, “Education is not a luxury: it is an economic imperative that every hard working and responsible student should be able to afford” (Knowledge and Skills for the Jobs of the Future).
Colleges should no longer cost an insane amount of money to go there. With K-12 education free wouldn’t it make sense for college to be free? We have made K-12 education free because it is good for the individual and for society. There have been several recent studies that have proven that a “college degree is the gateway into a more stable and financially better life” (Page,Clawson). There have been people who wanted to go to college to get a degree in the field they love but they couldn’t due to the ever rising cost of college.
Emily wonders if coming here for free is really worth all the downfalls. Her peers come and go as they please since they have nothing to lose. However, a college education should never be something taken for granted. If citizens in the United States are given the opportunity to go to college for free, there will be many consequences not only for the students, but for other Americans as well. Free education will attract people who are not suited for college to apply, decrease the value of a college education, and will be a costly burden for taxpayers who will be forced to foot the bill, therefore college must me paid for by the individual student.
While education is very important it is very expensive and most of the people in the United States cannot afford it. When people do not afford education end up in loans, and unemployed. I believe that college should be free in order for the minority groups to be successful in their lives. The college education should be free because there will be more educated citizens and less debt, less homelessness and unemployment, and equality and equity. The college education should be free because there will be more educated citizens and less debt.
“The price tag on college makes frequent headlines, but the price tag on shortfalls in participation and success in higher education does not(Baum 5). Getting a degree will help students find a good career after they graduate. When students achieve their degree jobs they apply for are more willing to pay them a higher salary. Going to college gives students excellent social skills and health benefits for themselves. Many people say that college is a swindle and foolish, but when going and graduating from college provides no struggles in finding a career, high-paying salaries, along with health and social benefits people need to look more into going.
Majority of low income families require government support such as food stamps and monthly benefits. The way out of this vicious circle is free higher education for everybody, especially for the poorer sector of society. College graduates are highly skilled and formally trained professionals, so they are less likely to end up temporary or even permanently unemployed. Affordable higher education is best way to make people self-sufficient and financially independent. By giving an access to free education we produce more professionals, which creates a more competitive job market in the country.
And, beyond money, education seems to make people happier and healthier” (Pew Research Center). With college education being the cost it is now, it makes students and parents want to aim at a very inexpensive college, or finish their education at the high school level. A College education is worth the cost because students’ have the opportunity to receive better jobs, learn how to be financially stable and students can also receive financial aid to help pay for college. Even though some students do not believe college is worth the cost, with the help of going to college, students can receive better jobs. For instance, “Education helps people do higher-skilled work, get jobs with better-paying companies or open their own businesses.” (Leonhardt 1 ).
Not everyone needs to go but it’s the right choice to have a more better look into your life, like going to a interview and they point out “oh i see you went to college and got such and such.” It makes a big difference than just graduating from High School. There are many reasons why students do not attend college such as “I can not afford it” and “no one in the family has gone.” Your guidance counselors may help you fill out applications for colleges in your budget and pick ones best for you. There is also scholarship opportunities and finical aids. Community colleges are much more affordable, although is not the college you wanted to go to you’ll still learn for your
Did you know that Forty-one percent of four-year college students did not graduate within six years? College students around the country are in insane amount of debts and have no way to get rid of it and that’s a reason many do not graduate. Due to the rise in costs to attend college there has been discussions about free education, but how the debt could have been minimized and the effects on economy have not been brought up. College education should not be offered for free to all students because of the missed opportunities and unintended costs of free education are very expensive. Students don’t take advantage of the opportunities they are provided in high school, like dual-enrollment, that could save them time and money in college.
If the free college situation does not make a great effect on the economy, I believe that college should be free because free college can encourage more students to go to college, earn a degree and can decide on their future without the worry of paying debt and contributing to create a better society with their knowledges. College should be free because it can provide more opportunities for more people to have a chance to complete higher education. Higher degree can help people hope for a better future with doing jobs that has higher pay. Some people that I know could not afford the college tuition because they come from a low - income family. Four years ago, during senior year in high school, my cousin planned to attend a four-year university but then he decided not to go.