What would free college really look like?

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  1. Bridget

    Bridget Well-Known Member

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    I can't blame young people for thinking "free" college would be a pretty good deal. A long time ago, parents were sold a bill of goods, that the ONLY path to their kids' success was college. Forget the trades or getting a job and working your way up. We were sold this because the schools wanted the tuition payments and because the government wanted the interest. We then proceeded to sell it to our kids. So fast forward, we have a generation of kids who know they will never get a job good enough to justify the cost of college and who will be in debt literally for decades. So, I can't blame them for trying. But, I wonder what it would really look like if college was "free."

    First, forget the government forgiving the loans already out. It's too much money, not going to happen. I am then thinking that the "free" would be a series of what we know as community colleges. You would go to one in your locale and live probably with your parents, because I can't imagine government is going to give free dorms or meals. You would also most likely have to have a job, because after they take about 50% of mom and dad's income, spending money from that outlet will vanish. Only the most basic degree would be "free"; if you wanted to get a PhD, you're still going to pay for it. And I imagine that there would be a waiting list a mile long, so going to college right after high school would be out of the question.

    These are just my thoughts. I'm sure others on this forum know a lot more than I do, so I am wondering...I think these discussions are important to have though before the young (and their parents) vote. It might be a be careful what you wish for thing. Thoughts?
     
  2. perdidochas

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    Look at what free K-12 schools are like......
     
  3. Mr_Truth

    Mr_Truth Well-Known Member

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    Want to know? Just look at my school the City of College of New York founded in 1847 and once known as the Free Academy. For over 100 years it was tuition free and generally acknowledged as the greatest college in USA history.
     

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