Ah, how much I enjoy talking about the topic of free college tuition. I constantly hear about this on the news.
My friend recently did a project on cutting college costs and he weighed out the pros and cons. I definitely believe in my opinion that there are way more pros to having free tuition for everyone in the U.S. There are several countries with free college tuition and they seem to be doing just fine.
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Why isn’t tuition free in the United States if there are other countries with free college tuition?
Good question. Many people actually don’t know the many underlining problems to having free tuition in the U.S. Obviously there are many benefits if we did have free tuition.
One benefit is that the population would be educated at a higher level if college were free. There would be a more intelligent and well-rounded functioning society.
But what about jobs? What would happen if more and more people were becoming qualified for jobs? Would some people be going to school for no reason? I really want to hear all of your thoughts on this. This is such a great topic to debate about, especially with the rising debt costs students are facing.
Here is an awesome article that lays out why free tuition isn’t the answer for various reasons.
There are a few free colleges in the United States, which might surprise you. You can find an article on US News about this here.
SO what can you do in the mean time to cut costs since there aren’t too many tuition-free colleges in the United States?
Well for starters, start out with community college. I’m not sure why this isn’t a required part of a college student’s curriculum. I believe there should be at least some education given out junior/senior year for students in high school on community college. You seriously save SO MUCH MONEY.
I’ve saved at least $30,000 so far because I went to community college. I am constantly taking community college courses and even though I transferred to a university, it doesn’t stop me. I take courses in the summer and although they are online, I still learn a decent amount, although I personally love face-to-face courses more.
Rent your books. There are sites out there that will actually compare different textbook rentals from all of the textbook rental sites. All you have to type in is “Textbook rental compare prices” and a ton of sites come up. I used this during my Fall semester and I also plan on using it my Spring semester. And every semester thereafter.
What do you do to cut college costs if you are not in one of the countries with free college tuition?
Anything at all, please share! It will benefit everyone and anyone, especially as college costs, increase in the future.
If anyone wants to read more into student debt, Huffington Post has a ton of articles on this subject. I was surprised to see what the top 10 schools were with the most student debt.
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