|A Pace Odyssey
The affordability of college education has been a highly debated subject. Around two dozen countries offer tuition-free or nearly free college. In 2017 the student debt rates rose 6%, so free college sounds great right? Unfortunately, just like with everything else, there are pros and cons to having a free or nearly free college education.
Right off the bat drop-out rates would lower, thus raising graduation rates. Many students drop out due to how expensive college so more lower-income students would have the chance to finish their schooling. This also means that student debt would be basically nonexistent. Of course the money would have to be generated elsewhere: taxes. Many people do not think they should be paying for someone else's college through their taxes, and this potential raising of taxes is one of the most controversial cons of tuition free college. Other arguments are the amount of people going to college and the importance of this higher education.
Due to more people having the ability to attend, it means our work force would grow and the economy would be boosted. But this also means paying more money through taxes because of the increase of attending students. Many also believe that making tuition free would devalue the college diploma resulting people not caring as much about earning it. When students are paying for their degrees they will be sure to attend classes and do well because they are getting they money's worth. But without this monetary motivation it is believed that students would become lazy and less caring.
Do you believe free tuition would be a good thing for our future? Do you think students would become lazier or more willing to earn their degree? What are some other pros and cons that may change someone's argument?