Free College: Isn’t It Time?

Isn’t it time that college be free? Yay? Nay?

According to Forbes.com,

San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee announced at a press conference yesterday that, starting next fall, community college will be tuition-free for all San Francisco residents through the City College of San Francisco.

As first reported by the San Francisco Chronicle, San Francisco would become the first city in the nation to make community college free to all city residents. Any student who has lived in San Francisco for at least one year – regardless of income – is eligible.

In addition to San Francisco, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo proposed providing free tuition to New York residents whose families earned less than $125,000 per year to any state university.

Can it work?

Maybe. Once states figure out where the funds can be reallocated, it’s possible. San Francisco will be using the income from property taxes on homes valued above $5 million. These proposals come after a continual decrease in college enrollment year after year because of the rising cost of living nationwide¹.

America declared a student loan debt epidemic back in 2010. College graduates received invoices along with their degrees, stating astronomical numbers to be repaid — many of whom are still paying today, and can expect to be paying for the majority of their lives. The student loans needed to afford an education crippled many who hoped for the American Dream. That means the usual, more reoccurring, realistic, and deferred dream that speaks to many of our current situations: living paycheck to paycheck, postponing children and marriage, and curbing real interests so these damn loans are paid!  It’s no secret that cost of higher education is an expensive investment — and it shows no signs of stopping. Although education is a privilege, one shouldn’t spend his entire life paying for it. No, seriously. The number of people over 60 with student loan debt tripled to 2.1 million in 10 years.² Sheesh.

So what do you think? Leave your comments below and tell us:  Should Maryland propose free higher education?

References:

  1. Farber, Madeline. “College Enrollment Declines for Fifth Straight Year …” Fortune College. Fortune, 19 Dec. 2016. Web. 11 Mar. 2017.
  2. Barr, Cecillia. “Student Loan Resources: Financial Aid & Loan Debt Management.” Debt.org. Association for Student Loan Relief, 2016. Web. 11 Mar. 2017.

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