As we all know, college can be very expensive. With the scholarships and grants, college student-athletes can go to school for free and get their day-to-day needs such as food, housing, clothes, etc. Ackerman and Scotts, purpose is to show that college is a learning experience and with the help of college sports, the student-athletes will have a chance to grow and be successful in life rather than being exploited. However, critics believe that college student-athletes should be paid salary, like professional athletes, because they want people to see the “athletes are the rule, not the expectation” (par 11). They want the audience to think that it’s a rule for student-athletes to go play pro after two years, will no expectation.
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.
The college education should be free because there will be more educated citizens and less debt. Most of the united states citizens are in debt because of financial problems and their daily needs. When the lower and middle-class students want an education and they cannot afford it they would use loans, this will add more debt and more financial worries to their lives. When education is made free most of the citizens will not have as much debt and live happier lives. According to the article why should college be free for everyone?
An example of this, a student thought subsidized government loan was something she did not have to pay back, and then she learned she was thousands of dollars in debt. She decided she could not afford college (Kolodner). That student had to learn to be independent because of college, and she has to figure out a way to pay it. It did not end well, but she did an independent act because of college. With the benefit college brings, like helping students become independent, college should cost less.
Furthermore As many Americans prepare for the next semester, homework is not the main problem on their mind, it is being able to meet the payments of their college tuition. Student loan debts often force most college graduates to move back with their parents. Therefore education should not cost because it is not a product, you should not have to pay for it. People should be authorized to receive a free college education because the cost is far from reasonable and people with a higher education can provide more to the economy, the end result will be repayment inequality. The cost of college is far from reasonable.
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.
“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.
I believe if she had made the price of college a pillar of her essay it would have not only made community college a better college experience alternative but also a more affordable one. Community college is sometimes so cheap it is free! Many students of community colleges including myself qualify for federal student aid. In many cases this government assistance covers the full price of admission to the college. In some cases your awarded assistance may not be enough to cover cost entirely.
This is because they are only seeing the short-term benefit of the loan which it will pay for college (3 Reasons…). But these people do not see the long-term effect and the future consequences that come with it, which is obviously a large debt. Many people argue that student loans give equal opportunity to students with all types of financial backgrounds. Although it does give equal opportunity for students, in the long run, the students with a solid financial background are less likely to fall into much debt unlike students with a weaker financial background. Statistics tell us that “the average debt for a degree in medicine and health sciences is $161,772” (A Look at…).
Thus, if university education becomes available for free, then students may not find it to be as valuable. Making students aware of the university’s cost would make them more responsible of their studies. According to Matt Bruenig in the article ‘The Case against Free College’, twenty percent of students from the poorest families in the United States attend universities and colleges. On the other hand, in the richest two percent of families, the same number stands at around ninety percent (Bruenig, 2015). As a result, making university education free would be more beneficial to the rich than the poor; thereby increasing further inequality in the society.