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Free College: Ideal, But Unrealistic

It is that time of year again. Colleges are visiting, college hoodies are out, and academic advisors are filing through the ocean of inquisitive students.

While there are a handful of extremely gifted students who just have to worry about test scores and essays for likely scholarship opportunities, Others have to concern themselves everyone with the question of: “Do I have enough money to go to this college?” Many people, including Democratic candidate Bernie Sanders, argue that college should be paid in full by the Federal Government through a variety of new taxes, including levies on the stock market. To help those who cannot afford to go college or those who have been accpeted to the college of their dreams but can not affford to attend.

All colleges taking the funds would also have to allow even the poorest Americans to attend their school. While this sounds like a dream come true for the majority of students, this proposition of free college is simply too good to be true.

First off, college would not be completely free because students would still have to pay the hefty price for housing and textbooks. Also, while some argue that everyone being allowed to go to college and get a degree would be better for the American workforce and the economy as a whole, allowing everyone the privilege of a degree will most likely reduce the value of these degrees and possibly lead to an increase to the unemployment problem.

Another problem with making college free is that people most likely will not work as hard because there really are not any consequences if you flunk out of a free class. The same people who did not try in high school simply will not try in a college that is free.

Free college is not something that our economy is built for. While the idea of college being free works well on paper, when real world scenarios are applied it simply does not work for the society that we live in.

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