Should College Be Free?

New Mexico unveiled a plan to make its public colleges and universities free. Should all states follow?


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  1. I believe that College should be free. Except for all the books that are needed for the subjects you study you should have to pay for. Also if there is an option to live on the school campus you should have to pay to stay there and pay for electric and everything else. Also most jobs require a collage degree and if you come from a poor family its not your fault if you cant afford collage. the need some fees because the school needs to pay for the teachers and maintenance.

  2. Reagan W The Greene School, RI Like they are in New Mexico, I think all public colleges and universities in the United States should be free. Often times, college tuitions are unrealistically high and students have large amounts of debt that they can’t pay off. Some students' families also aren’t as fortunate and can’t go to college because they don’t have enough money, even if they’re smart enough and have a lot of potential. I think every student should have the same opportunities to get a good education despite their backgrounds. I would say that the students should have to keep a good GPA, like maybe a 2.5 like the article says. I feel like people would abuse the privilege of free college, and to show that they’re actually serious and trying to get a good education they would have to keep good grades.

  3. No college being free would cause problems such as teachers pay that would have to be solved by raising taxes and some people wouldn’t be able to pay anymore. Some kids already don’t want to go to college and still wouldn’t if it was free. I think protesting for cheaper colleges would be better than to have free ones.

  4. I personally believe that college should be free, especially because of student loans. Student loan debt is a big problem, especially since it is nearly impossible to declare bankruptcy. Also, since 1963, the cost of a private 4 year college has almost tripled. And, especially with the rising requirement for higher education, (by 2025, ⅔ of all jobs in the U.S. will require it), student loan debt may increase. Since college will be mostly mandatory, like public school, why are we making people pay for it. Of course students have a right to higher education! The restrictions I would place are that you would have to maintain a 2.5 grade average, and, that when you were in college, you had to take one extracurricular activity. Also, you would have to take one language. I would also have special programs to help students with learning disabilities, and I would help immigrants, too. I think the people who think that free college would hurt needier students are wrong because that is exactly who it helps! The neediest students are exactly the ones who will be the most hurt by student loan debt. To pay for the free college, I would have students have to pay a small fee that would rise upon household income, solicit donations, I would divert more money toward college, and, I would tax imports, especially meat. As a high school student, I am very concerned with college. Also, I plan to get a lot of college credit, because I am very worried about graduating with a large debt burden.

  5. I feel like college should be cheaper, not free because it gives kids responsibility with their money and it also pays the teachers salary. If it was free kids wouldn't even care about their grades and what classes they pick. As a kid I would want their to be free colleges but, as i get older it wouldn't be a good idea. I do worry about how much money I have to loan in college because sometimes people have almost a million dollars to owe.

  6. Should college be free What I learned from the passage is that college should be free because not many people have money to go to college.also not many people get scholarships. Sometimes people don’t even have passion for college.also some people go to college again for their next course. Or even for their career because they want to be great in life.so yes college should be free.

  7. I don’t believe that college should be free. College isn’t a required asset to become successful and get a good job. You should have a right to things required to become successful but not something that just improves your chance to become successful. College shouldn't be a right because you don't need college as you need grade school to become successful. I believe college should be cheaper but not free. If college was free we would have to pay more tax money for the professors incomes and the textbooks. Most Americans would prefer students pay for college over higher taxes. I agree with the critics that say universal free college would be “a squandering of scarce public dollars” that should be spent on the “neediest students.” The students in college are going to be the future scholars of our society and need all the support they can get. If college is free this money won’t be put towards bettering the higher education of the college students.

  8. I have always been thinking about tuition for college. I feel like we have to pay a considerable amount of money just to continue on with living our lives. College is essential for us to get reasonable paying job, which many adults struggle with obtaining. Having to pay for college also leads to poverty and higher crime rates, usually from lower income families who are not able to afford colleges. Even if you do get to go to a college or university, having to pay for loans usually make many citizens go into a debt that usually doesn’t get to be paid. Why should we have to pay for education, before some of us are even old enough to get full time jobs?

  9. I believe that all places should make collages, tuition free. I believe this is because not everyone has a lot of money so they would not be able to ever go to college. This can cause some problems like if someone couldn’t afford to go to college, but if they were given the chance to go to college they could end up doing great things. So with the people that can’t go to college but if they did, they would be able to do great things, so since we are losing so many people the progress of humanity would end up significantly decreasing because we are losing so many promising people to not being able to go to college because of the prices. This is why I believe that all places around the world should make college tuition free.

  10. I believe that college tuition should be free for everyone. Many students struggle every year to afford college, this means that many students aren’t able to go to school or are struggling to stay in school. I think that every student no matter your family income should be allowed to attend school and get a decent job for free. Maybe higher level colleges should require pay but i believe main colleges should be free so every student won't have to struggle just to get a decent job to support them and their futures.

  11. Part 1: Offering a completely free college education to everyone in the state, no matter the status, is a bold step taken by New Mexico in its project to ensure that a higher education is accessible for everyone. This new law was something that the majority of people in New Mexico desperately needed in order to attend a university. The fact that New Mexico is making its public colleges free, however, may be unnecessary on those households that can afford a college education. In order to save a significant amount of public money, New Mexico should not make education for the higher earning households 100 percent free but should offer them reduced prices. This will ensure that no money is being squandered on those that can already afford an education without taking loans.

  12. Part 2: I believe that colleges in states all across the country, not just New Mexico, should offer a completely free education to any students that do not come from high-earning families. Not only will a free education enable them to afford an education, but it will save them from taking loans that will create financial issues for them in the future. However, students that have wealthier parents who can pay off their loans do not need a free education and should therefore not be receiving one. In addition, there should be a restriction on those who do not have to pay for their college education. This restriction should be that they must have a GPA of 2.5 or higher and should be enforced in order to ensure that money is not being wasted on their education. Student debt is one of the primary financial problems in the United States. For example, a group of 44 million Americans combined for over 1.5 trillion dollars in student debt. New Mexico has been the first state to step up and attempt to alleviate the amount of debt that students have. The majority of people in New Mexico are in dire need of a free college education if they do not want to have a tremendous amount of debt in the future. While the state of New Mexico should be cautious not to waste money on the wealthier households, the fact that it is taking action to address the problem of student debt in this country should be done by all states throughout the country and even throughout the world.

  13. Every year, thousands of students across the globe are studying in the higher institutions of education, college, and universities for examples. While higher education might help in the future, not everybody has the privilege nor financial aid to do so. College is an expensive investment that not everyone can make, One year of public college cost around 10,000$. The cost often leads college graduates to an enormous depth. In my opinion, college should be free for specific students, and cheaper to all. Firstly, the human rights declaration states that "Everyone has the right to education, education shall be free... technical and professional education shall be made generally available, and higher education shall be equally accessible to all on the basis of the merit". Which means that anyone, without a difference of race, gender nor financial state, is entitled to receive a proper education. that does not happen all the time, for example, Teens from low socio-economic statues' families, can not afford to attend college, and they have no access to higher education, even though that violates the human rights bill. If college was free no cheaper, those students could attend, farther more if they have a 2.5-grade average or higher.

  14. I believe that public colleges should be free. I believe that everyone should have the right to work for a higher level of education. I feel as if the cost of college can sometimes scare off students from seeking higher education because they fear that they won’t be able to afford it, or that they will have to take out so much money in student loans that they will be in debt forever. Money should not be a reason that students are stopping their education at high school and not moving on to college. The average cost of a public college has gone up 6,810 dollars since 1988, and don’t even get me started on the cost of a private college. While I do feel that students should have the right to seek higher education at no cost, I do believe that there should be some requirements on grades for this free education. I agree with the statement that there should be a minimum grade point average. With New Mexico’s new plan for a tuition-free college education, the students do have to maintain a minimum of a 2.5-grade point average. I believe that this is a fair expectation. I don’t think that the students should be getting this free education if they are not going to try in their school work.

  15. I believe that college shouldn't be completely free because the money we pay goes to keeping the school running. I believe that colleges, however, should have one cost that is the same for all of them if not free. This would still bring in money for colleges but allow for students to go to university for a manageable price. A win win in my eyes. And if that price still isn't manageable for families, the scholarships would much more frequently be able to cover the whole tuition cost depending on whatever the tuition would be set at nationally. This plan would also require the government to give colleges money every year. This plan would alleviate student debt and allow more kids to go to college and follow the career path that they see fit for them.

  16. I believe college should be free for those families out there with not really much money. I do think college should be free for those who are very wealthy because they can afford it. There are many people in our world today that wish they went to college when they were younger, but their families didn't have enough money to pay. Many people struggle to pay college and which they would have to drop out. I think no matter the income situation you should be able to attend college and get a good job and you should be able to do that for free. Higher level colleges should maybe charge money, but I don't think it should really be too much money, enough so where people that are not as much wealthy can afford. Sometimes college can change your life around and I feel as though if those people in our world today would have attended college they would really be a good help in our world today. Many people want to have a degree and go back and switch things around, but they can’t because they don't have the money for college. So in conclusion, I do believe college should be free and the reason begin is because some families are really ot as wealthy as we think they are and many of them not so wealthy families do want to attend college but they cant because of the fact that they don't have money, but I also think if your wealthy then you should at least pay some money.

  17. Everybody in our country deserves a chance to attend school without having many debts to pay. Especially to those who have a low income and can't afford college. There are over 44 million Americans who hold a debt of over $1.5 trillion student debt. Not everyone has an equal right to attend school. This is making a huge gap into our society and just categorizing people. Not only that but there are people making money other ways committing crime when they could be in school studying for a degree ,but don't get the same opportunities. We should all have the same opportunities depending on our stability situation. There should be restrictions for a students to qualify to free college tuition, their GPA should at least be a 2.5 if they are getting free collage. New Mexico has just recently passed a new law making all state colleges free. It's going to help people continue college and education. Money as always has been a problem for some but it won’t be anymore. This will encourage people to continue school and do positive things.

  18. Should College Be Free? In my opinion, yes I think college should be free. One reason why I think this is because college is so expensive. It actually puts a hold on you in life when you have to pay off debts from the course you’re attending there. College isn’t a priority to some people, so for the ones that do end up going it should be free or at least a smaller fee. Another thing colleges should take into consideration is that main level classes could be completely free or even a slight cheaper and higher levels should be a cost. As a high school student ( like me ) I don’t want to have to worry and stress about my college tuition and if i’m going to have enough money to attend the college I want to. I want to be a Pediatrician which takes many years in college. I don’t mind that but I also want to travel and not have to worry about my tuition. I do feel that students should have the right to seek a higher education at no cost, but if that's the case then there should be a little bit of requirements with your grades.

  19. I feel like the average american struggles to pay for college without a scholarship or has major student debt for the next several years of their life. It would be very beneficial if we could have the whole U.S. have free tuition for college, or at least for public universities. The average tuition at a public university is $10,230 for in-state and $26,290 for out of state. For one person after 4 years of college is around 29,000 dollars and many people said that it wasn't worth it. New mexico is doing a good thing by making state college tuition free because many people can't afford college and never get the opportunity to get a good degree to get a well paying job. If state college tuition is free i feel like the poverty rate will decline because people are then able to get better jobs because they can go to college. New Mexico is considered the poorest state in the country with an average household income of $46,744 a year, with college prices the way they are they wouldn't be able to pay for college. With this I believe that state colleges should be free so everyone can get a good education.

  20. I think college should be free. Specifically as this idea pertains to student loans. I understand that now more than ever, student loan debt is increasing exponentially. As a highschool student, I looked forward to the experiences and education college has to offer. However, with the incline in money I will have to pay, that future seems less and less exciting. Students of course have a right to higher education. College is very important in getting good jobs when we leave. Not being able to pay for something that can improve your life is not fair. Although fees such as books, food and living on campus should be required but not elevated in price.

  21. I do believe college should be free. A lot more people go to college to now, and the price of tuition has dramatically increased in the past twenty years. It is impossible for some families to send their children to college. Most people have loans that take years to pay off. It is unfair to the person who has the ability to go to a university or state college, but cannot because they can’t afford it. Everyone should have the right to get an education if they choose. That is how it works from elementary school through high school. I do think that the idea of having restrictions is smart. If students can maintain a certain GPA, then college can be free. Another thing to think about is that a lot of colleges force freshman and sophomores to live at school. This is another fee that is added to the cost. If going to college was free, then this added cost would be more reasonable. College should be free, because everyone should have the chance to have the experience and get a real education.

  22. As a student who will encounter these financial issues in just a few short years, I do believe that college should be free. In the time we live in, It seems almost impossible to get a job without having some form of higher education. Many students have the dream of being very successful, and wealthy, yet cannot achieve those goals because they cannot afford a higher education. I think it is unfair to limit these young adults from reaching their full potential just because their family doesn't make a large income. Although I believe college should be free, I think it should only be available to those who either cannot afford it, or have the grades for it. If a student has a 4.0 and can attend college for free, someone with a 3.2 shouldn't get that same right. I believe that if you really wanted to be successful, you would work as hard as you can to be the best you could be. If a student doesn't show these traits, I don't believe they should receive education over those who deserve it and do not have the money to afford it. Money shouldn't be able to buy your education, grades should determine your future and what you make of it.

  23. Like the majority of students in the United States, I have no doubt in my mind that college should be free for everyone. College is probably the most important schooling that anyone can get. Having a college degree is literally the make it or break it point when it comes to getting a job. Since it is so important, why bother with making tuition so expensive? The cost only serves to make the owners of the colleges richer and richer with little consideration of the students who attend them. Seriously, how are students who don't have the financial capability to graduate from college supposed to make make a satisfying and fulfilling life when their lives depend so much on whether or not they graduate. They could be the smartest people in the world but won't make an impact because they don't have a degree. As for the students who can afford college, they will most likely take out loans that will amass a debt that will take years to pay off. The problem with colleges in the United States is that they don't give students enough of a chance to get what they need for life. There is a difference between and want and a need. College is the need. It is absolutely necessary that everyone should be given a proper college education for free. Mexico is making the right choice and moving in the proper direction by making college free. The United States needs to to make college free if we are to move up together as a nation.

  24. In my opinion, college should be free to some extent. Most American students graduate with a degree and an insane amount of student loans. With college being free, graduates will be worry-free as they find careers and make a life for themselves. However, what needs to come into consideration is what free college will be doing to taxpayers. Taxes will skyrocket in order to cover what tuition used to cost. Of course, if a student is struggling financially and they’re able to access free college tuition, then that’s a great thing. Education is necessary, however, if a student’s family has no problem paying for tuition, by giving them free tuition is just taking advantage of the idea. Funds are obviously limited, so free college should be exclusive for students who are unable to pay. Especially if it’s a first come first serve basis, the kids who can afford the tuition may be able to get free tuition before those who come from a lower-income family. New Mexico’s idea is great, however it needs to be changed a little bit before being implemented. Family income should be taken into consideration before allowing free tuition to take place.

  25. College should not be free. Even if every college was suddenly made “free” it would still cost money in the form of taxes. Paying for students to go to college for free is unfair and unrealistic. There are many students and families who pay for college in full, and others who receive scholarships and other financial aid. These students who are able to pay their own college tuition should not have to pay for others, too. If college was paid for with taxes, than these families would have to pay for their kids, and other kids' college education, which is not making college “free”. Those who are unable to pay for their college education can still receive financial aid through scholarships or something else. Paying for college through taxes is also unrealistic. If someone does not have children, why should they have to pay for other kids to go? If someone has a kid who has already been through college, should they continue to be taxed, and pay for other kids to go as well? If all college is made to be free, than the better, private universities will receive less money to keep their schools running, and there will eventually be no higher education such as the ones received at the most expensive schools. People pay more money to receive a better education, so if they are able to pay for their own college education, they shouldn't have to pay for others as well.

  26. @Jason D'Alessandro you are very pro writer. You have very good points my friend. Very nice yeis.

  27. In my opinion, college should be free for the students who need the financial help and more affordable for every student. Every day kids fall deeper and deeper into debt, because college has become unaffordable to most of the population. Growing up from Kindergarten to senior year kids are preached to about how essential and how necessary a college education is, in a society where an 8x11 piece of paper is worth over $200,000 you would think that they would make the prices more achievable for people in different financial situations. Every year there are kids who fall behind dramatically, and not because they don't want to go to college and not because they are not smart enough to attend top schools, but because the prices are out of their range. At this point where kids are forced to take out intense loans that they won't pay back until they’re in their forties, it is time to make a change and make college affordable. Some kids don't have the money for a new pair of shoes let alone 50,000 a year University. Colleges need to be more affordable in a society where a further education has become essential.

  28. College is looked forward to in many cases but in many others feared because of the student loans that come with it. Student loans are carried through student’s post college lives for many years after they graduate. This weight bringing them down restraints there potential to use their knowledge for better rather than panicking to pay off their student loans. I believe that college should be free however there must be items to reach a fair agreement. A minimum GPA must be required for free tuition to even have a chance. The idea of free tuition has the possibility for students to give less effort because they aren’t losing money if they get kicked out. For free tuition a minimum GPA of 2.5 seems appropriate however I believe it should be a minimum of 3.0. The chance students would be receiving free tuition could aim students in the direction of a bright future but needs to be worked for. In response to the critics who fear that free tuition would be a waste of money and would be better spent on those in need, I contrast with the thought that if these “needy” students want to acquire this absence of student loans they need to work for it and obtain this minimum GPA. This would be fair for all because everyone would be working hard for that minimum GPA creating an equal and fair playing field. I fear that college will be a very pricey expense. If the possibility for free tuition were to be presented to me I would try very hard to exceed the minimum GPA and work even harder.

  29. Although some may view it as unrealistic, I believe that college should be free. The cost of college is a burden for millions of students every year, and it is too big of an issue to not do anything about. Too many students are spending thousands upon thousands of dollars for an education, which should be given to them for no price at all. In the article, Caitlin Zaloom, a cultural anthropologist, brought up the point that people do not have to pay for fifth grade, so they should not have to pay for higher education. Education is given for free to students in public elementary, middle, and high schools. So, by this logic, it should be given to students in college, too. It is unfair and wrong that some students are unable to further their education because they cannot afford it. Even with financial aid, there are many people who still cannot afford the extremely high cost of college. If college were free, this would not be an issue anymore. Every single person who wanted to, would be able to continue getting an education without having to worry about how much debt they would end up in. Countless students worry every year about whether or not they will get into their dream college, but if they do, they need to start worrying about the cost of tuition, and books, and dorms, and everything else that comes with it. I firmly believe that it is very important for students to have the opportunity to get a higher education, no matter what their financial status may be.

  30. If it were possible, I would think making college free is a great idea. However if college were free, many schools would lose a lot of their funding and the quality of education would decline. Education is expensive, and schools can only supply so much to students, oftentimes the money used for this actually comes from the students who are attending. Also, if there is less money being made off of students seeking higher level education, people are going to care less about actually learning or even teaching material. More people would be able to go to college, but it wouldn’t be the best education. It’s more reasonable to offer free education for younger age groups as the knowledge is more essential to surviving in the real world. It’s more important to be able to simply function in life than to master a particular field. There are plenty of people who get by after high school without attending college, and who don’t exactly see a need to attend.

  31. In my opinion college should be free because why should we have to pay for more education. For people less fortunate, why should they be declined the opportunity to go to a prestigious school, when their academics meet the school standards, just because they cannot afford it. People shouldn't have to pay for college because it gives some people an advantage over others and that should not have to be a variable. Wealthy people have an unfair advantage because some families with many kids cannot afford 75k schools a year for each kid.

  32. @Olivia Floorfies who is going to pay for everyone to be able to go to college for free.

  33. I believe that college should be free because it will allow people to be more successful. If college were to be free people would not have to worry about becoming in debt and use the money they make to other important things such as buying a house and paying for food. Also if college were free it would allow the less fortunate to attend college. This gives them the opportunity to turn their life around and become what ever they want to be.

  34. The price of college has been a very controversial topic for a while now, as many would expect. If college were free, how would it be funded to keep up and running? Would it come from tax payers already struggling bank accounts? Would students have to later pay that fee? Or would staff be forced to become volunteers? These are all questions that should be asked. There are many students who cannot attend college because even financial aid isn't enough to pay for it. Personally, I have to pay for college myself so having the price reduced would be a life saver! Hopefully the price will soon change so all students can have an equal chance at higher education.

  35. I think that all colleges should be free. I think that they should be free because like the article said, Millions of young adults are in student debt every year. Because of the fact that most colleges are very expensive, it forces students to try and find a job. This puts a lot of stress on students, because on top of all of their schoolwork they now also have a job that they have to go to. Also sometimes if the college that they want to go to is too expensive, then they will have to go with a less expensive college, which may not be as good of an education, or maybe they don’t like it as much.

  36. I think it's extremely important for students to get the right education they need, and for free! Every student, including less fortunate people deserve great educations and no one should have to worry about paying off their student debt 8 years after college. No student should feel pressured to owe money they don’t have. But, the disadvantages to free college is the money left for the fundraising of the school and the school itself that's left. But no matter what the situation is, everyone deserves an education.

  37. When it comes to free college I think that it should be free. In my opinion there should not be any pay when it comes to seeking a higher education that the one given by law. People should not have to be stuck paying off loans just because that want to be something like a doctor, or an engineer. So yes, I do think that college should be free.

  38. In my own personal opinion, I believe in-state residents should have a right to free in-state undergraduate education. Now-a-days, the educational price tag for post-secondary education has dramatically risen from that of the late twentieth century due to the cost of living going up. But, for elementary and secondary school, both institutions are paid for by taxes without a price tag. Though it would raise taxes, it would allow gifted students of hardworking families reap the benefits of tax dollars. Also, if the entire United States switched over to free in-state tuition, the regulations and restrictions stating who benefits would have to strengthened. For example, someone with a 1.0 shouldn't be able to reap the benefits if the student slacked off and didn't work for their educational achievement. New Mexico's 2.5 GPA I believe would be achievable for those who will apply themselves and work.

  39. I believe college shouldn't be free for two reasons; one, free college would cost taxpayers ALOT of money and two it would most likely decrease the quality of education colleges provide. I also believe that everyone, regardless of wealth or race has a right to an education and should be awarded the same opportunities but i also think that it's important to remember that our current college system provides people with scholarships and other financial aid opportunities.

  40. In my personal opinion I think colleges should be free or at least not as expensive as they are today. It's not that I don’t want to pay for college, and I just don’t care, It’s for a couple of different reasons. For one, kids may not live the same lifestyles as others. They might not be as rich, and they may not have as much education as others. It would be heartbreaking to hear that someone was not able to attend college because their family couldn’t afford it, or because they didn’t have as much education as other people. It just wouldn’t be fair. I think colleges should cost some money like some elementary schools for materials and for the sake of the school building, but you do not need to have every student paying over $30,000 just to attend one year of college. I know some people give out scholarships, but what if one person didn’t get the chance to play sports at their old school or have any chance to show a special talent. Colleges should be giving scholarships to people who can't afford college. Not to people who are rich and can do many extra curricular activities. Some people who can just make the cut for paying for college have to ask outside of their home family. You may need to ask grandparents, uncles, aunts, and maybe even friends. Just think. People have other needs than to pay for college. People should not be asking other people for money just so that they can afford to go to school for four years, and even more, maybe even get some degrees.

  41. I believe that college should indeed be free to all students with at least a 2.5 grade point average. I think that a higher education should be available to all just as an elementary and secondary education is available. Like the article says, the average cost of tuition and fees is over $10,000 which is way more than most families can afford leaving the student in a huge amount of debt to pay over years and years. Some people work hard everyday sacrificing so much for at least 10 just to pay off their debt. That's absolutely crazy!!! Everyone who wants to get a higher education deserves to without worrying about debt for most of their lives. This is supposed to be the land of opportunities, but how can someone without a college degree (because they couldn’t afford it ) or someone with severe debt (because they do have a college degree) ever live their lives comfortably? There needs to be a change in this country right now!!! I strongly agree with the statement that college should be free.

  42. I think college should be free because you shouldn't have to pay to get educated. Also, after you finish college and start worrying about a real job, you have those debts that you've got to pay off. I’ve heard from someone that 15 years later after they have completed their years, they are STILL paying off the debt, and I think that is not good. I feel that no one deserves to still be paying for college 15 years after they finished college.

  43. I personally believe that college should be free. Student debts are rapidly increasing and this is not a good thing for society. While I understand that colleges do need money to function properly, I think that the amount students are expected to pay is ridiculous. Education should be a right, not a barrier. Excessive prices for college discourage many kids from attending them. While completely getting rid of collect costs in unreasonable, I think that reducing the price is feasible and will allow more students to pursue higher education. Many kids are bounded by student loans which leads to stress and a money-hungry population. Education should be universal and accessible and if colleges understand that, they should be willing to open their doors to everyone regardless of their financial situations.

  44. In my personal opinion college should not be free because it would lead to degrees being devalued because of students cutting classes due to no personal interest with their studies. Free college would take away state programs from other area due to their budge being strained.

  45. I understand the struggle of families who don’t have enough money for sending their kids to college. And without an education its really hard to get a job, but I think in all fairness we should have to pay for college. If it is possible I definitely think the price for college should go down but I don’t think college should be totally free. Getting an education is really important but colleges can’t just go around doing that for free. It costs money to buy textbooks and buy computer programs, paper to print, certain necessities to provide, and more. I think in order for these colleges to be so excellent at teaching they need money, and they should be able to get support from people who attend the college and use the resources.

  46. I think that college should be free because it is a huge chunk out of people's bank accounts that most people can't handle. For example, want to become a lawyer, to become a lawyer you have to pay for 4 years of university then pay to go to law school. The cost of both schools is a whopping $92800 that is going to take a very long time to pay off. This can even be more devastating for people with smart kids who are living in poverty. For every kid school has been free from kindergarten to 12th grade and now just because they go to college where they will learn how to do the things that will help shape a good career for themselves they have to pay thousands upon thousands of dollars to learn. there for I don’t believe that teens straight out of high school should have to pay to go to college and shape the future.

  47. In my mind I believe college should not be free. I think it should cost money, but not as much as it actually costs. I think some colleges cost way too much. For example, let's use Harvard. Harvard has a tuition of $47,000 per year. In Philadelphia, the average person makes $60,000. So some people that get in can not go because they can not afford it. Going to a top notch school like that can very likely change your life and your career. You get way more opportunities when you go to college. Also young adults are left in debt for years and years before they are done paying off college, let alone bills. I also believe schools should give way more scholarships than they already do. So that is what I think about this situation.

  48. Although it is true that college tuition is insanely high, I don't think it is realistic for college to be completely free. College tuition pays for quality professors, state of the art facilities, and a clean campus. Free college would rely on taxes, which would affect every family in the US, regardless if they attend college or not. I think that the solution is for colleges to have more scholarship, grant, and financial aid oportunities because the reality is that most kids in the US simply cannot pay full price for college. There should be job oportunities on campus and maybe a credit system where volunteer work counts as money for college. Money should never be what prevents people from wanting to get a higher education, but if college were free, that education would be mediocre. Sadly, one really needs to sacrifice one ot the other: cost or quality?

  49. I think Colleges should have free tuition no matter what your background or grade average because most families can’t afford the average college tuition. This then leads students to take out loans and grants and once they finish college for maybe 15 or even more years later into their adult life they are still paying off student loan dept. Putting people in debt could potentially end up leaving them with barely enough money to pay the9r bills and buy the stuff they need to live every month. Without having to pay tuition this could help a lot of people and potentially even bring more kids to the colleges who didn’t have the money to go to college otherwise.

  50. I believe that colleges should have a relatively lower price range. While it’s not free, it’s better than nothing. Generally free colleges would reduce the worries of future students such as myself about college. Having to pay 30,000 or more from someone who just finished high-school and likely doesn’t have money can be considered “Outrageous”. But there would likely have to be some requirements. For example a 2.5 GPA average or even a 3.0 average, and it would likely be limited by towns as well. With more students being able to have money to get experience on jobs they’d like or products that they want the economy might end up better.

  51. I believe college should be free for everyone because many people don’t have enough financial support to go to college. For example, their family could be going through poverty and the student is really smart but they can't afford it. Also, if they use student loans, they might have a really hard time paying them off. Kids should have the right to be allowed in college for free because all kids need to have the proper education they need. And some kids are richer than others, and it wouldn’t be fair if the rich kids could go to college and the poor kids couldn’t. It should be equal for all kids to go to college, so they can all have an equal and fair education. Education has an order and this is how it goes: Elementary School, then Middle School, then High School, and finally College. How are kids going to be able to have the right education if they can’t afford it? How are kids going to be able to get a specific job they want that pays fair but requires you to have a certain degree or college you went to if you couldn’t even go because of the price? For example, my relative went to college and paid with student loans. Years later, she paid them off and landed up in dept. We should start addressing importation topics like these because they deserve the attention. We NEED to make colleges free!

  52. I believe that college should be free for the years that the student remains an undergraduate. This way it cuts down on the cost but still leaves enough money to come in for the school to use to pay off all of its costs. For plenty of jobs the extra years of learning beyond this like medical school, law school, etc. are not necessary. And for the people that plan on pursuing a career in a job that does require them to spend more time in school, not having to pay for the first few years, would definitely help.

  53. Yes, college should be free. I believe that college is the most crucial education for a successful career and life. So the fact that the more minor requirements of school are free, but college is at a price most to all cannot afford boggles my mind. I might put a small amount of simple restrictions on it, but not any that would make it super hard to get free tuition. I do not think that their concerns are justified because a family like mine, 3 children’s tuition for my two, middle-class parents is too much money to spend without going into debt. And yes, there are more needy but that doesn’t mean that the opportunity shouldn’t be given to all. I do agree because the accessible education means a smarter community, giving everyone more of a chance to be successful in the long run. The possible downside is that when the education is free, there will be a rush of people trying to get education all at once, causing possible overcrowding. But i do think that it is a realistic goal for our country. I’m a bit concerned about the cost but the fact that the idea is taken into consideration for a free tuition provides me with a bit of ease. But if not, I plan to pay with a loan.

  54. I believe that college should not be free. People need to understand that you have to give a little in order for it to reciprocate and to gain something back yourself. It happens all the time when people make compromises, and it should be the same for school. If you want to get another education besides high school in order to gain a degree to get a successful job, you should pay to go to school for it because if you pay for tuition, they’ll make sure you can graduate with a degree that will make you successful in life. Everyone deserves another set of education so long as they put in the time, effort, and money to get it. If you want to work hard to get further than what a high school degree will do, then you can work hard for it by paying the price to go to school. However, I believe that college is way too expensive. These schools need to lower the prices on textbooks and how much they are paying these teachers. The majority of college professors are overpaid for doing little to no work. They still deserve to be paid, but not as much as they are getting. It would be practically a disaster if college was free because nobody would get paid for teaching, and the cost of it would go onto the people who pay taxes, meaning everyone else who already worked hard to pay for college, and are still struggling with debt today. This isn’t fair, and people need to understand that though it may be costly, you have to give a little to become better, even in your education.

  55. Although college tuition has increased 200 percent in the past 50 years, it is unrealistic for college to be free. It's not the same as elementary or middle or even high school. The grade levels are when you learn how to learn, where as college is when you get to pick your own major and studies and earn a degree that tremendously helps when finding jobs. Colleges cost money to keep running: they have to have dorms and classrooms and lab equipment, etc, so no one should expect all colleges to be completely free. However, it doesn't seem fair that ones education would be affected by their financial situations. As they already are, more prestigious colleges such as Yale or Harvard or MIT can cost more because they truly are the best of the best and they work hard to maintain that reputation. On the other hand, I don't think there's anything wrong with having some Technical colleges being free, or at least drastically less expensive. If colleges such as Yale or Harvard or MIT can be so expensive for the top of the top, why can't we have smaller universities to earn your basics that are significantly cheaper?

  56. Should College be free, well if we look at the pros. More people get an opportunity. More people getting an education. Show me look at the cons. the colleges and campuses can't be kept up with. the professors and staff don't get paid. what I think about this issue, is that you have to give to get. yes College is very expensive but you can't expect everything to be given to you. People look at today's teenagers and believe we are lazy and not hard working. This may be some of the reasons why. we expect everything to be given to us for free. No question. I believe that college tuition should be substantially lower. But not free. These schools provide the education and grow the next-generation. Not everything can be expected to be free. There are community colleges that can be attended and there are online schools that can help with college education. but I feel like asking for college to be free is asking for a little too much. scratch that, way too much.

  57. Yes, I do think college should be free for everybody. There should be no restrictions on free college, because I believe everyone has the right for it. Even if someone isn’t doing so well, there is still hope that they are going to try to do better, and succeed. The prices for college today are crazy. Some school are over 40,000 dollars a year, which is a lot more money then the teenager just coming out of high school would have. This forces people to take loans and pay them off over time. But sometimes people are still paying off their loans 15 years after college, because it is just so expensive! It would be so much easier on the students if college were free, because then they can just focus on learning and not paying off their loan.

  58. Yes, I do think college should be free for everybody. There should be no restrictions on free college, because I believe everyone has the right for it. Even if someone isn’t doing so well, there is still hope that they are going to try to do better, and succeed. The prices for college today are crazy. Some school are over 40,000 dollars a year, which is a lot more money then the teenager just coming out of high school would have. This forces people to take loans and pay them off over time. But sometimes people are still paying off their loans 15 years after college, because it is just so expensive! It would be so much easier on the students if college were free, because then they can just focus on learning and not paying off their loan.

  59. Lately, I have been noticing that many of the current political issues and debates, going around, are about student debt, and free college. First and foremost, I want to say how awfully overpriced college is. I feel that the amount of money you spend on four years of education to decide what your profession is going to be is immense. Not only is every student spending thousands of dollars, but almost every college student has been going into debt. My question is- Where does all that money go to? If college doesn’t become one hundred percent free, then the money needs to be reduced, significantly. I find this incredibly unreasonable, and I know I’m not the only one.

  60. @Grace Cubbage this is so true where dose it go and college is really over priced big time and many people cant afforded it so. at this point many people will end up not going to college and in a couple of years not enough people will go and they will have no money to pay the teacher.

  61. Most The majority of high school students attend college, however many of them can not because they don’t have the money or financial aid to help them go to college. I believe that college should not be free. Instead of having in-state and out-of-state tuition all schools should have one tuition fee no matter where you are from. According to CollegeBoard, the average in-state tuition at a four-year college in the 2018-2019 year was $10,230 while the average out-of-state tuition was $26,290. That is more than double what in-state students pay. The difference in cost between in-state and out-of-state tuition is absurd, so I propose that the in-state tuition should become the regular tuition, that way more people can attend college outside of their state without having to pay a ridiculous amount of money. This would mean that colleges would still be able to pay for any upgrades they want or need and they would have money for sports, which are the main ways colleges use your tuition money. This proposition would also decrease the amount of debt students are burdened with when they graduate college. I believe all students should have the opportunity to further their education without being restrained by money.

  62. In my perspective I believe that college should be free in the U.S.A. I think this because lots of kids are prevented from going to school because their family can’t afford that type of money. Many schools cost over $10,000 alone per year. The money that some families have will alone cover only the books, food, and mode of transportation. A less fortunate child might be intelligent but, without the money might not be given the same opportunity as somebody with a wealthy family. Many companies don’t give jobs to young adults that don’t have a higher education even though the are qualified. The will have to work at a low wage job this will lead to them not being able to provide a higher education for their children.

  63. I think college should be free for all students all around the world because college is actually a lot of money and when it comes to having not enough money that is when trouble starts. Once you have enough money you go to asking your parents for money and then when they don't have enough that is when you and your family could go into years of debt and pay off student loans at the age of 35 and above. Some colleges should at least lower the cost of loans and tuition. That is why colleges all the colleges around the world should lower the prices are just have students go for for free, Why would you need to pay for school?

  64. College is one thing that most human beings would love to go to when they become an adult at the age of 18. However, a lot of people do not realize the problems with going to college. College costs so much money that most people have to go into debt just to pay it off. College should most definitely be free unless you are going to one of the best schools. College takes away so much of your money that people all over have economical problems. This is not good for the United States so in my opinion, I think most colleges should become free to all students.

  65. @Christopher Misko I agree with your opinion, people shouldn't have to pay so much for something that they want to do. With the best schools too, if people want to get into one of those schools they should at least pay to get one of the best colleges that are in the U.S. Going into college does take a lot of your money so also college being free would help more people with their future and so they don't worry about not having enough money.

  66. Personally, I feel that college, up to a 4-year degree, should be free. If we keep raising the tuition of college, then it will get to a point where only the rich can afford to go. If we lower the cost and make it to where everyone can go, we would see more people doing jobs that they would enjoy. I believe that students do have a right to higher education in the same way that we have the right to elementary and secondary education. We would be able to go so much further in life if we were able to get a higher education. Most people do not go to college because they cannot afford to pay for it. I think that if college is going to be free for everyone there should be restrictions on it. The article mentioned maintaining a 2.5 GPA, and if a student is there for the right reasons then it would not be hard to maintain that GPA. If a student genuinely cares about their future and what they want to do with their life, they are going to put in the effort and work that maintaining a 2.5 GPA comes with. As many students do, I also worry about graduating from college with a large amount of debt. I am hoping to be able to get enough scholarships for academics and band that I do not have to worry so much about how I plan on paying for college and the amount of time/ money it would take for me to pay off my debts.

  67. If the question is just, ‘Should college be free?’ then the answer is no. After all, many colleges are private institutions and could not function the way they do with free tuition. A more realistic question would be ‘Should some colleges be free?’ and I believe the answer to that is a ‘Yes’. The rewards of a college education are clear, college graduates make on average $20,000 more than non-graduates. If a college education was free, more people would be able to enter the job market with better credentials than high school graduates do now. Offering a free or almost free college of education to students with a 2.5 GPA or lower is unrealistic. Students who are not able to keep at least a B average show that they do not have a right to a college education and that they will most likely not work hard to get one (provided they are not mentally handicapped). I do not mean to say that students who go to college as a result of the plan wouldn’t be more educated as a result of college education, but if everyone were to get a free college education, the benefits of such an achievement would be lowered. The students able to go to college without the plan either as a result of economic success or academic performance would stay at the top of the social scheme while the students with a C+ high school average would remain towards the bottom, and those unable to qualify for that would end up in the same jobs and same lifestyle they would otherwise.

  68. If the question is just, ‘Should college be free?’ then the answer is no. After all, many colleges are private institutions and could not function the way they do with free tuition. A more realistic question would be ‘Should some colleges be free?’ and I believe the answer to that is a ‘Yes’. The rewards of a college education are clear, college graduates make on average $20,000 more than non-graduates. If a college education was free, more people would be able to enter the job market with better credentials than high school graduates do now. Offering a free or almost free college of education to students with a 2.5 GPA or lower is unrealistic. Students who are not able to keep at least a B average show that they do not have a right to a college education and that they will most likely not work hard to get one (provided they are not mentally handicapped). I do not mean to say that students who go to college as a result of the plan wouldn’t be more educated as a result of college education, but if everyone were to get a free college education, the benefits of such an achievement would be lowered. The students able to go to college without the plan either as a result of economic success or academic performance would stay at the top of the social scheme while the students with a C+ high school average would remain towards the bottom, and those unable to qualify for that would end up in the same jobs and same lifestyle they would otherwise.

  69. I do think that college should be free to students because I know that for some families, it is difficult to get money out to pay tuition. But also at the same time, making tuition free isn’t going to help the economy and some things that the government has to pay for wouldn’t be done because they are missing some money. So what I'm thinking is that colleges should make tuition less expensive and the money that the college makes can lend some to the people who are struggling to pay tuition and the family wouldn’t have to pay back.

  70. @Katelyn C I totally agree with your response. Maybe someday we can all come together to help the ones who really don't have anything and want to become something great in life. Although there are thousands of people who need help paying there tuition I believe that the government would really do anything because most of the time they just want to benefit themselves.

  71. Yes, college should absolutely be free for all students, regardless of economic background. The price of college acts as a class barrier, keeping the poor in poverty and allowing the rich to receive better training and thus take better jobs, making them even richer. Free college would eliminate this barrier for lower-income students and level the playing field for all students. Having two highly educated and working parents, I have always known that I am going to college, but the overwhelming cost of college makes me feel like a burden to my parents who promised to cover in-state tuition. If public college were free, students could be released of this feeling of being a burden and begin to not focus on the cost of college, but rather what they will get out of it. That being said, I do believe there should be a minimum GPA requirement to have the state pay for your education because if you are not applying yourself and making at least average grades, you don’t need to be using money from the taxpayers to mess around. After this policy is implemented in New Mexico, I strongly believe high school graduation rates will improve, college enrollment will soar, and the statewide economic situation will improve. This plan is the future of the country and it is honestly shocking to me that America, the richest nation in the world has not implemented something like this while all of her similarly developed neighbors in Europe have.

  72. @Cooper Hyldahl Your statement is very understandable and I do agree with you, but if college was free how would the school have enough money to keep itself up? They wouldn't have enough money to pay the professors.

  73. In my opinion, I don’t believe college should be free . I think that creating a program where colleges would be free would cause for them to ultimately collapse. Colleges are paid for by the tuition of the scholars coming to attend that school. This amount goes toward their teachers and other workers, to active academic experiences, textbooks and other materials, and dorms. With out this funding, the colleges would not be able to sustain themselves and would eventually turn to tax dollars causing for ultimately more debt to the state. In the topic of not making college free, I would address the situation by lowering tuition cost and taking slightly more from the state, if it is a public college, and lower prices of dorms and other expenses regarding school. Also, have the payment of your parents be involved (your wealth situation) in the fee. This can cause for a lower total of debt and less stress for the student. I feel that the critics are justified in their statement. They propose an idea where the students who are the most in need of financial help are identified and have an amount of their fee paid. I agreed in the governor's statement of helping the families economically but don’t think it will be beneficial to the overall economy, involving the colleges. I am both uncertain and scared of the debt that could come from colleges. I will eventually have to deal with college debt. I will begin to save now so later I can put a small dent into the cost.

  74. @Aiden Rubin Sanxhaku I agree with lowering the tuition costs, and the problems that will develop with free colleges such as debt to the state

  75. @Aiden Rubin Sanxhaku I agree with your statement about lowering the tuition costs. It would give people with a lower income more of an opportunity to get the higher education they want.

  76. College should not be tuition-free. The U.S. already has the problem of too many high-school graduates choosing to attend college, and making college-tuition free would only compound that issue. 70 percent of high school graduates enrolled in a 4-year university in 2016 despite only 35 percent of jobs requiring a bachelor's degree. This disproportionate amount of college enrollment means that for every job that requires a bachelor's degree, two students are trying to get that job. Take into account that only 27 percent of graduates get a career related to their college major and that 40 percent of students who attend a public university fail to graduate after six years and you can see that there are far too many students choosing the route of college. This generation of high school students seem to believe that college is their only option out of school, forgetting that there is trade school and many options other than college. As a high school student, I can personally attest to this claim; I have talked to dozens off my peers about there plans after high school, and not a single one of them are planning on going to trade school. Instead, they are pursuing college and planning on getting a degree that they will probably never use. Our higher education system has been placed on a pedestal, and many students are tens of thousands of dollars in debt because they went to college without the future in mind. College attendance should not be further encouraged to students.

  77. Opportunities should not be withheld from those who are unable to afford them. Unfortunately for many Americans, this is reality. If college was free, the burden of student debt would no longer affect households who are unable to pay them off. Those who are underprivileged and lack the financial needs in order to attend a decent college will gain the education that they deserve. Knowing that poverty can lead to over thirteen points being shaved off of a students GPA, just for being poor, will no longer account for diminishing grades. If college was free, students would no longer be forced to decide on a college based on whether or not they were able to afford it. The lack of money that a family has should not determine whether or not a student is going to attend college, especially if they have the required knowledge to get in. Students should choose a college based on whether or not they like the school, not because it’s “the only school they’re able to afford”. The stress of student debt should not further burden a family once they graduated.

  78. @Sarah Cashman I agreed this comment.

  79. @Sarah Cashman Everything you say I agree with but there should also be some restrictions to weed out students who aren't willing to put in the effort to obtain a college degree.

  80. @Sarah Cashman I agree with this

  81. The price tag on college should be lowered, but it is ludicrous to demand that it be free. College is the right choice for a rather small amount of young adults, meaning that there are a lot of people who do not excel in school. By making college free, it gets rid of the risk associated with college, meaning anyone can join and blow it off, since it won’t harm them financially. By lowering the price for college, you can make it more accessible for those who want to go, but make sure that only those who are serious about education try to go. Lowering the price does not put as much strain on the economy, but makes it more accessible, so it’s a middle of the road compromise that alleviates the issue on both sides.

  82. @Zak Jones I agree if there is no risk anyone can just blow it off without a care in the world which would be at tax payers expense.

  83. @NathanielI I completely agree. One of the main reasons people stay motivated in collage is because they don't want to end up wasting all the money they just spent, but if collage is free many won't take collage as serious since their is no financial effect when leaving.

  84. @Zak Jones I agree that some students blow it off and that would cause tax payers lots of money that is why we should have requirements and regulations to keep those who are benefitted by this help in check.

  85. I think its great for other to have an opportunity to get to college free but in my opinion I think the side affect is that it will be packed of student over flowing of students and I believe there is just two side of pros and cons which that's the only thing causes an issue and its a chance of risk of something to go wrong pretty much I have to say.

  86. I think it would be very nice for college to be free but it would be very difficult for tax payers to keep up with the cost and it would be another financial burden for are government that has trillions in debt.

  87. I believe that College should not be free but should be cheaper because who will pay for us to go to free collage and if the government pays for it maybe taxes will go up

  88. @Christian.D LHS P1 I agree about the worry about who will be the one paying for free college and the economic worry about taxes being raised as a result of this situation.

  89. I believe that college should be made cheaper but with certain restrictions in place like maintaining a certain gpa in order to stay. If colleges are free then most students would just blow it off and abuse it because they won't be harmed financially. If college was like how high school is at the moment then college would lose most of its significance in the work force and would just be treated like any other high school degree.

  90. Wow, wouldn't it be nice to attend college completely free? Although it sounds promising and all students would love that i don't believe that it's such a great idea or fair to those taxes payers. Reasoning for this is because it won't be competitive to get into, people won't fight for it. The idea of attending college for free is an surreal opportunity for some. Some won't take it serious and it would affect those who actually want it. prices should justbe lowered

  91. I believe that collage should be free, but only to those with a good grade point average. If anyone could go to collage then there would be no way to pay for all of it using taxes. If we narrowed the amount of people going to collage for free especially if its free for the ones with a good grade point average who are most likely to stick with collage and finish it.

  92. @Malakai.CLHSP.2 I totally agree with you. College should be free to the people with a G.P.A above a 3.0 because they have proved that they are willing to work hard.

  93. I believe College shouldn't be free entirely, however it should be cheaper for students, the reason why is because taxpayers will have a hard time paying higher taxes, because their money will go directly to covering the expenses of College, I think people will be upset by this and it wouldn't workout as planned.

  94. @Nicholas.E LHS P2 I agree taxes would sky rocket. Many people wouldn't commit and it'd be a large waste of money.

  95. I do believe that students should have equal access to a higher education because many students who are hardworking and determined are let down because they can't afford to go to school or end their education with a vast amount of debt. With this free higher education there should be requirements that are in place to prevent money being wasted on people who just don't care about school and their education. There should be a requirement that they should have at least a 3.0 gpa and they should have 30 units at the end of each year. This will be positive for upcoming members of society but for taxpayers it will cause an increase of taxes which many will not like but they have to think about this extra tax as an investment for the future because that is what the money is going into the future of the country.

  96. I think making college free is a great idea but the amount of people attending will sky rocket. Instead I think college prices should decrease rather then making it free. College students are always in debt, reducing the price on college can really help reduce the amount of debt they have and make college a more reasonable price. A lot of students have second thoughts if they should attend college or not because of the high prices and reducing the price would make students want to attend college without having to worry about money issues .

  97. I believe that College should not be free but indeed cheaper because those who have higher education and determination should go the higher level colleges for a lesser cost. It would not be fair for students who do not try and get into a good college with no costs. I would place restrictions on it by having student maintain a grade point average that is 2.5 and higher. I think that their concerns are not justified because whether a student is in need of something and need education the price of college should depend on their living situations and income. I agree that there will be improved economic growth in New Mexico however, this is not realistic as it depends on how the government works their money and the taxes. I am not that concerned with the price of college as I try my best in school possibly applying for scholarships. I somewhat worry about graduating with a large debt burden because I would be paying money from the past. I would try my best for a scholarship and work later on to help pay for college.

  98. I personally think that college tuition should not be free. I understand that nowadays the price of college is very expensive and hard for some families to afford, but in reality it would not be completely “free”. Although families would not have to pay for it directly it would result in a huge increase in taxes. There are still many costs that have to be covered and they have to be paid somehow, so taxes would have to increase. This concept sounds like a good idea until you actually think about the factors that would have to go into it. The idea of free college does not help other people who aren’t planning on sending their children to college or do not have children because they will have to be paying these high taxes, and basically pay for other people's education. Also, I believe that college is much different than high school and should be something that people earn and want to attend to further their education. The idea that college costs money acts as an incentive that the students who are there have to work hard. Some people argue that there is unequal access to college, however there still is the opportunity for students to work hard in high school and be eligible for scholarships to reduce the cost of their tuition. I think a reasonable solution would be to reduce the price of college tuition to make it more affordable and so people will be left with less debt at the end of college, but not make it totally free.

  99. @Jordan Brodsky The raise of taxes due to everyone wanting to go to an expensive school would be over the top. I agree on your solution of lowering the cost of debt, and i also agree how it should not be free. it sounds good when proposed but is not due to the complications it arises.

  100. @Jordan Brodsky Your reasoning is very well-thought out and it makes sense that taxes will be higher in exchange for free college tuition. I agree that college is something that students need to earn by working hard. Taking high taxes into consideration, free college tuition is not a good possibility, but the tuition should be lowered to a more reasonable extent.

  101. I believe that colleges should be free. I know how tough it could be when it comes to not having enough money to pay for college. College is very important to one because that's when we start experiencing what job we want to do. Although many people don't have the sufficient amount of money we tend to find a way to reach our goal and become the person we want to be. If colleges keep increasing in price then the number of people attending the school will decrease.

  102. In an ideal world, everyone would go to college for free and get a degree. However, this is a highly unrealistic expectation for students to have. Education is a right, to an extent. Public schools through high school are evidence of this right, allowing every child in the country to receive an education that can support them throughout life. However, college is more of a privilege than a right. A college education is not necessary to enter the workforce in America, while a high school diploma might be expected or even required in most jobs. A college degree is a level up from a basic education, and it should be considered more of a privilege than a right. If everyone could go to college for free, it wouldn’t be a privilege, the opportunities wouldn’t be as unique, and the education received there would not be as strong. If college was free for everyone, how would colleges and universities afford to employ the most qualified professors, build impressive facilities, and provide a solid education to all of their students? For this reason, I do not think college should be free, however I think it should be made more affordable, particularly for talented and hard-working students, athletes or musicians, deserving of aid as a reward for their efforts. College should be within reach for those who want to attend, not an impossible financial struggle.

  103. I think college should be free or at least a lot cheaper being the reason because even when you do succeed in getting a career you would still have to pay off the tuition which would be a lot. Many successful people have finished and achieved their careers but they would still have to pay off their tuition which would be quite a bit because it would go up to the thousands. Almost any business career would aquire a degree in some college which would be quite difficult being the reason you would have to attend in all the classes and then you would have to pay off as well which would be a pain in the end.Also they would already have to attend in the college for 4 years or the most 8 years which is already time consuming and already enough. They should just have to attend in the college for as long as they want to and not worry about paying because once they get out of the college then would have to wonder how to pay off the tuition.

  104. @Nathan Mendoza I agree with you on collage being free and a lot less cheaper. Going to collage is a lot and many people do it more than 4 years because of their career. It would make it so much easier for collage students. If collage is payed they only have to worry about their career.

  105. @Nathan Mendoza I agree with you're opinion making colleges cheaper would be a huge benefit. Not only to the students, but the community as a whole will evolve and become more knowledgeable.

  106. @Omar S LHS P.3 Who's going to pay for all the books? The taxes would be raised exponentially. Many people would be aight and will get into college. A large majority of them likely would not commit and cause a large amount of money and time wasted.

  107. In my opinion, I do not think that college should be free. It would not be fair to the tax payers if college was free. The people who would pay for the college that you would be going to for free would still be payed by you. You cant act as if anything is free, because nothing is free. American tax payer dollars would be going to be paying for your thousands of dollars of tuition. College is not a requirement. It is a choice.

  108. I think college shouldn't be free to everybody. Yes it needs to be a lot cheaper but i feel like free education should only go to the people who don' have high income. Everyone deserves a chance to succeed in their career. Many student debts are now being created because of the rise in tuition. Honestly if they lowered the price, a lot more people would go to college and there wouldn't be as much stress, debt, and negativity. But if college was free, professors wouldn't get paid as much leading them to be more lazy and careless about their job.

  109. In my opinion this would honestly be a good movement. Although I believe that at least the first two years of college or university shall be free, but anything more than that time line shall cost. My theory as to why colleges are so pricey is because some of the income of colleges is used to pay off the national debt of certain nations. Since money cannot be remade because then that would lead to inflation. A state that allows for colleges to be free for the first two years will be more evolved and yet still make the income needed to be established.

  110. @Omar S LHS P.3 I disagree with you. I believe that all of college should be free and if anything, then the last 2 years should be free because the first 2 years of college are just general ed which can be taken at a community college.

  111. College should be free so that everyone has an equal opportunity to receive education. However, there should be restrictions. It would not make sense if people who did not work hard in high school gain free college tuition. Since it will be hard for the government to support everyone in getting free college tuition, only students with a 3.0 grade point average should be allowed free tuition because they have proved that they are willing to work hard.

  112. In my opinion,I think college should be free for student or may be college will decrease their fee cost.because after you have college degree may be you are still in debt.The amount of debt tuition can go up to several thousand of dollar if its a good college(UC).when you have a job you must pay money for your tuition.so the free tuition for student in college its help a lot.Free tuition is not an extravagance because tuition will be paid in some way, such as citizens'tax,work'tax and oil'tax increase for education and later these students go to work and have to pay the same taxs.But we will still need certain limitations like the GPA scores must be more than 3.0 because if your GPA is too low this will affect the quality of university study.The higher GPA is great to motivate students to strive to get free tuition.So I think How can smart students can't affort to these tuition this is really bad because in some reason these family are poor household.For such a reason a future money-making machine might be disappeared from America.In the conclusion, i confirmed that college fee should be FREE.

  113. I say college should be free because there is a a lot of smart and successful people out there that do not have that money to pay for college and they cant afford it. They also said that in 1988 the price for college was just 3,190 and increased more than 200 percent and is now over 36,000 per years that is a lot of money and not every one can pay that.

  114. I believe college should be free. There are so many people with a lot of debt or lower education. Students do want to pursue higher education, but do not in fear of not being able to financially support their dream. Most students end up not going to college.

  115. I believe that we should have free college. College is a very expensive thing that is very necessary in today's world. With free college, we would have a lot more people with a higher education, making us more educated, while also reducing the amount of debt the average graduate.

  116. Free College. Those two words might be every graduating seniors and parental guardian's dream. Who wouldn’t want to further their education for free? Although this might sound like a brilliant plan, there are many complications that come along with free education. Unfortunately, in the world we live in people rarely work for free. The schools would need a way to pay teachers to continuously teach these students. Without students paying for tuition and board rooms,colleges would lose money paying fees to keep the college up and running. In order to prevent extreme debt, the colleges would have to find a way to get the government involved with adding college to the list of annual taxes. Taxes would increase significantly causing the prices of everyday items to increase. Once the value of goods and necessities increase, the value of currency would have to increase to keep up with interest rates. This idea of free college now becomes an economic situation, affecting millions when it was only meant to help students further their education. The article “Should College Be Free” mentioned every student, regardless of financial situations, would go to school for free. To decrease the financial effect this may have, colleges could provide free college for those with financial troubles. This allows everyone a fair chance at going to college without worrying about cost and rearranging our economic values.

  117. I think that college should be a bit cheaper because there is many students that don't have many money to pay and the taxes they add too and that there college they want to go to and there parents try to save but they can't because they have a lot of things to pay sp I think college should be cheaper.

  118. In my opinion, I believe college should be free.Why? Because many people in our country arent like others, Some people have more money and can afford it. Other people may not get paid as much. If college is free then they should be requirements you need to have so you can attend.I believe it should depend on your GPA if you should receive free college education, If you arent going to try hard and just slack they shouldn't receive free college and get kicked out instead. I understand college isn't easy but you should at least try and put effort into it because college depends on your future. College is about 10,000 per year including fees, Thats about 40,000 for four years. The cost of college makes people think whether they want to attend college or not. If they cant make college free then I believe they should make it a lot cheaper and affordable for others.

  119. Yes, college is entirely overpriced, but do I think it should be free? No. But hear me out. The staggering price of college is a problem for plenty of students in America. It is why most do not attend college. And yes, even though there are many scholarship opportunities, not all students have the academics to meet them. Standardized testing doesn’t come easy for everyone. There are plenty of students who can have a 4.0 GPA but a weak ACT or SAT score, which are the two tests that will basically pay for your college. So maybe the price of college’s starts with standardized testing, if testing was made for each student, to where they could each show off their academic talents, more scholarships would be given and the price of college wouldn’t be as big of an issue. Let’s go back to when I said I didn’t think college should be free. If college were free, who would be paying for it? Taxpayers. Education is a right but college is a choice. Why should everyone have to pay for your college? It was your choice, not theirs. When taxes increase, so does frustration and tension in America. The price of college should be what is needed to pay professors and get a proper education, not just to put money in people’s pockets. If college was free everyone would go, there would be no competition in getting an education, therefore the job force would not be as competitive and most likely would not pay as well if everyone had the same education.

  120. @Summer Brown wow,this is absolutely true.I see your point as to where your coming from that the student must put forth all their efforts as they possibly can to receive the college of their choice .Also that scholarships would be an excellent opportunity as well.

  121. I believe college should not be free but not that expensive. The reason I believe this is because of course not everyone can pay that much money. It should be equal to what their income is. Everyone should have the same opportunities as other to go to college. One of the many reasons people have to give up their dream to go to college is because they have to work to help their family. If college was free many people would go to college and that means less people would have jobs.Than other people who think since its free its okay to fail to not try. When there is other people wanting that spot. When that money is coming out of your pocket you try harder you put your all for what you want.

  122. In my opinion I believe that we should have some places that provide college for free. There are people that would love to have a specific career but can't afford getting into college for it. As for some people they can afford it. Even if some people can't afford it they still get in and then they are in dept for going in without enough money. Colleges being free would give people a lot of opportunities for their future.

  123. In my opinion, I think that this is a good idea. I mean it shouldn't be free but they should lower the prices a lot. The price that college should be is at 1000 dollars. People should have an equal opportunity to have a better future. People who have a G.P.A below 3.0 should have to pay a little more. And people who have a 3.0 or higher should only pay 1000 because they are proving that they are taking school seriously

  124. I think college should be free or at least a lot cheaper being the reason because even when you do succeed in getting a career you would still have to pay off the tuition which would be a lot. Many successful people have finished and achieved their careers but they would still have to pay off their tuition which would be quite a bit because it would go up to the thousands. Almost any business career would aquire a degree in some college which would be quite difficult being the reason you would have to attend in all the classes and then you would have to pay off as well which would be a pain in the end.Also they would already have to attend in the college for 4 years or the most 8 years which is already time consuming and already enough. They should just have to attend in the college for as long as they want to and not worry about paying because once they get out of the college then would have to wonder how to pay off the tuition.

  125. I think that college should not be free for students, but it should definitely be cheaper. Students who really want to get a higher education sometimes are the ones with lower incomes that keep them from being able to pay for their education. Cheaper education would be giving opportunities for those who really want it. Critics' responses are not justified because there are those who don't necessarily work toward wanting a higher education. New Mexico would most likely have downsides to their plan. It would depend on whether or not New Mexico knows how they're handling their money and taxes. I am very concerned about the price of college because tuition for the universities that I want to attend are high. It would be difficult for my family and me to be able to pay with no debts. I would probably be left with a large debt burden for my future. I plan to apply for multiple scholarships that would help me pay for college.

  126. After reading this article, I've came to the conclusion that college should be free. College has been a reason for people to carry on after high school. Now that tuition has been raised, getting a degree seems to drain students with more loans and could be in debt. College has been raised to the point where people rather start working at a minimum wage than continuing with school. I think it should be free for those reasons because everyone should have an equal opportunity to attend college. With college being free, it will push our society to be more positive for our future. Having people who are well educated makes our world more likely to stay out of trouble and continue making good choices in life.

  127. College Tuition is one big factor in people's education and It being free would be a very big problem but a very nice advantage to have. We all know that Tuition Is very expensive and usually the way to pay it off is if we have money laying around the house. It is a very unrealistic plan, but we all know that everybody would take the chance to attend colleges for free. Free college would be an amazing thing to have but taxpayers wouldn't want to pay for everybody's college tuition. And that an unfortunate thing we can't have here in the U.S. But there is also valid reasons why we can't have that. For example, how are colleges supposed to pay off things like professors, tax and things that involve money. It is reasonable and unreasonable but it comes at an expense.

  128. @Gael Elizondo yes. I agree with this comment. paying for college should be reasonable.

  129. I think that collage should be free. If not free it should at least be cheaper. For many students it requires them a lot of years in college for their career. That means that they are going to pay a lot of money to be able to continue. Its enough stress with collage and trying to get through classes, the last thing they are going to need is to worry about paying. To make collage free they should have some requirements, like a specific GPA. Once in collage they have to maintain a good grades in order to continue. If they do not , then it is not worth it. In conclusion this would make it easier for students so pursue their career.

  130. I think making college free is a great idea but the amount of people attending will sky rocket. Instead I think college prices should decrease rather then making it free. College students are always in debt, reducing the price on college can really help reduce the amount of debt they have and make college a more reasonable price. A lot of students have second thoughts if they should attend college or not because of the high prices and reducing the price would make students want to attend college without having to worry about money issues .

  131. I believe college should be free to a certain extent. Those who work hard in high school and receive a GPA of 3.3 or higher should get free tuition. However, private schools remain the right to keep tuition as before. This also excludes books and student dorms. This allows students that persevere their high school years an opportunity to get free tuition.

  132. College should be a lot cheaper. Prices are a big obstacle in deciding if college is the route they want to go. It shouldn't be free because everyone would simply join and most will not commit. 2.8 grade point average is a reasonable average to keep your amount due a cheap number. This will help the people with money situations who would normally owe large amounts of debt.

  133. Though free college sounds amazing for those who don't have much money, it wouldn't be such a great idea for everyone to have free college. I think there should be some tuitions but I don't think it should be that easy for everyone to get them. I feel like they'll just be taken advantage of they just will look sort of unprofessional as a person. people would probably tend to stop trying just because they know how easy it would be for them to get into college.

  134. I believe that pursuing a higher education such as college should not be free. Although there is unequal access due to the majority of U.S citizens not being able to afford college, or fearing debt it should not be free. Due to the lack of economic stability in our country free tuition would only further our problems as a whole. A more realistic solution would be lowering the cost.

  135. In my opinion, colleges should be free. Multiple people dream about going to college but the average cost of tuition and fees said from this article is approximately 10,000 per year which can differ with their families incomes. Its over 40,000 for four years straight. Depending on GPA, ACT + SAT scores and attendance shall determine if you receive free college access. The cost of college is extremely high in my opinion they should at least make it cheaper. So if the people who are considered rich + have good education history do have a higher chance in getting into college and reaching all the payments then what about those who have great education history but do not reach the amount of money asked. There are scholarships/ grants and financial aid but not all succeed to receiving it. I say we should be fair allow those who don't have enough money a chance. I mean they are new upcoming adults so lets give us a head start.

  136. I believe college should be free with some requirements. I believe students who work hard and keep a 3.0 GPA should be allowed to have free college. Private schools should not be made free since they have different standards than community colleges and are not funded by the government. Students should still be expected to pay for their books and other necessities.

  137. I think that college should be free because sometimes the colleges are to expensive so not that many people get to go to college due to the cost of attending that college. I also think college should be free for the people that have good grades.

  138. Every year, students are struggling more and more to find scholarships and money to pay for college. But with this struggle brings character and determination. I believe college is something worth working for and should be given completely free. As absurd as it may sound to come from a junior in high searching for scholarships, I believe that there needs to be a struggle to get to college. Most students and adolescents of this generation have been given most everything in their life without even lifting a finger. What are we teaching students? It seems that college would be overrated and blown off at times if there is a sense of security. With the attachment and power of money, college is put at a higher status and taken seriously. I do agree that colleges are overpriced and need to lower tutions in order to reach more people. However, the value of money is far too great to be disregarded with something so life changing. Money expresses the meaning and importance of College.

  139. @Lacey L I agree what you said seen student are struggling more and more to find scholarship and money to pay for college.That true value of money is far too great to be disregarded with changing life like bills,taxes.And more expresses the meaning and importance of college that true that's college they need to lower tutions in order to reach more people.Scholarship that they struggle to get in to college.Some student of generation have been given most everything in their life seems that college.

  140. I believe that college should not be free because if college was free whats the point of trying really hard to try to go to that college when you can just get in for free. But what I do agree with is that in high school if you manage to have a certain GPA like 3.5 and above, you should be able to get some sort of free tuition. But overall I believe that college should not be free.

  141. I believe college should be free. For the high schoolers that work hard should have college free especially if they have a good GPA they should get a free tuition. Even though private schools remain keeping the tuition as back then. They should also include the dorms and the students books they shouldn't have to pay for those things if there GPA is good and there a good student in return they should do all that and okay for everything they need that is neccessary.

  142. Should college be free? In my opinion I think college shouldn't be free to attend. Everyone needs and wants an education to have a better future later on in their lives. College is VERY expansive for many people that can't afford it, but that doesn't mean there aren't any other ways to get your diplomat. I do think colleges should lower down there wage for many people to afford. I do think college should be free to some students that do work very hard and have a GPA of 3.3 or higher. This will give students a free tuition. But colleges should really reconsider to lower down there prices to attend.

  143. I think that college should be free because not many student have the opportunity to go to college or University because of how much the tuition cost. Many people would say that there's scholarships that can help you pay to go to college but not everyone gets do scholarships and they have to borrow money from the government that they have to pay after college. Yes I think that everyone has the right to higher education everyone should have the opportunity to go to school and succeed in something and not to feel like you can't persuade their dream career.

  144. @Angela F LHSP.3 For your statement, there are many good points that I do agree on having free tuition for students. I agree with your statement because college and university tuitions can limit students opportunities, and money shouldn't define that. In addition to that, I do agree that people should have a right to education as well instead of allowing money to be the walls of students wanting to succeeding.

  145. I think making college free is a great idea but the amount of people attending will sky rocket. Instead I think college prices should decrease rather then making it free. College students are always in debt, reducing the price on college can really help reduce the amount of debt they have and make college a more reasonable price. A lot of students have second thoughts if they should attend college or not because of the high prices and reducing the price would make students want to attend college without having to worry about money issues .

  146. Yes, I agree that decreasing the cost of a tuition is better and easier solution.

  147. I believe College should be free to a certain point where you need to pay for things.People who work hard in high school and get a 3.0 GPA should have a scholar ship where they get free tuition. However housing in that college should remain to be paying to live there. But books and cafeteria should come with the free tuition. This allows students who worked hard in high school get a reward for what they did in high school.

  148. In my opinion is that we should have college we a free education or at least have many free tuition. it would be easier if they gave it to us because but only to the point is we really need it or if we have a good GPA but other then that if they wouldn't give anyone free tuition for 4 years then they should lower the price a big amount for people to be able to actually go to collage because i would like to go but i would not be able to afford it on my own. that is my opinion.

  149. I believe that public colleges should be free. I believe that everyone should have the right to work for a higher level of education. The main reason why student don't seek for higher education because the cost. Most people and I fear that we won't be able to afford it or that we will be in debt forever. Also, it shouldn't be totally free or just out there for everyone. For example, a student how worked hard and receive a good GPA and really looking forward to have a higher education. Most people need a free tuition and don't have much money to spend in a higher education. With free colleges people have a greater chances for a better life.

  150. @Xitlalic R. I completely agree with your point of view. I also think public college should be free. It costs to much money for some people to go to college.

  151. I think college should be free for everybody but under one condition students have to have 2.5 gpa through up because if they dont the student who dont have a higher gpa doesnt want to learn so why let them have a chance where a lot of people who want learn need the chance

  152. I come from a middle class family, and while day to day costs are taken care of, with the occasional costly piece, college could be compared to a massive boulder plummeting down on the sensitive balance between the amount of money coming in and out. Even a two-year associate’s program would wreak havoc on my parent’s finances. I work diligently in school, aware of the fact that my hard work, all the sweat and tears included, will turn into dollars towards my college tuition. Thousands of students in the US are in the same boat as I am; they are pushing through their latter years of high school, maintaining their GPA, putting in volunteer hours, and the majority wonders ‘After all my hard work, how much of my college tuition will be waived?’. This question can be answer can be different for many. While some students work hard, they may make low scores tests scholarships require, and others ease by in the top 10%. In an idealistic world, all college tuition would be free, and everyone would be wealthy. But in reality, if every student went to college on the dime of the taxpayer, allowance of the working class would become razor- thin. In the same aspect, as an engaged student, I believe those who obtain academic achievement should be rewarded for their efforts. I believe the solution is somewhere in the middle of these two limits, and that students should have their fees waived if they show a certain level of academic achievement that is seen above the average feat.

  153. @Lexia L. Hey Lexia I agree with you. Even do it would be great if the college tuition were free, I know that probably that's never going to happen. But I feel like at least they could lower the tuition cost that would help a lot of student a lot. Also like you said people that obtain academic achievement should be rewarded for their efforts no matter if they have money or not. If they do this it would give a lot of opportunities to a lot of people that want to persuade a career.

  154. In my opinion should have free education or at least free tuition it will improve our grades to get better GPA.Tuition for 4 years then they should lower the price a big amount for people to be able to actually go to collage because i would like to go but i would not be able to afford it on my own. that is my opinion.I believe that everyone should have the right to work for a higher level of education. This allows students who worked hard in high school get a reward for what they did in high school.

  155. Personally, Colleges being free would be too idealistic. The amount of people who both could and couldn't afford college would absolutely skyrocket. I would put a restriction on it, the GPA idea works, but there are better options. For example, lowering how much a tuition cost sounds far more plausible than making every college free. I would also make it so it's way more easier to escape college debt AND be able to bankrupt out of a student loan, since it's the only debt you can't bankrupt out of for some reason.