Do you think its right for low-incomestudents and middle-income students to miss opportunities at being successfuljust because they cannot afford it? In Nelson Mandela’s words “Education is the most powerfulweapon which you can use to change the world”, this quote says that educationis the foundation of social and economic development. In this essay, I willargue that studying at a university or a community college is an expensivething to invest in.
Tuition fees have a huge effect on the lower andmiddle-income students. I believe that qualified students such as low incomeand middle-income students who cannot afford the tuition and college fees,should have access to free higher education. I feel as if they should not beleft out according to their parents’ income situation or life standards.
Low income isthat income-typical students lack the education that a expert college counselorshould give a high-achieving student. An expert counselor would tell such astudent to apply to eight or more colleges, most of them which would be peercolleges where median student scores within 5 percentiles of the student’s ownscore. A student would also typically be told to apply to a couple of collegeswhose median student scores 5 to 10 percentiles above him and one or morecolleges whose median student scores 5 to 10 percentiles below him.
These colleges are sometimes known as”match,” “reach,” and “safety” colleges, but weprefer the “peer” term because it focuses us on preparation andcurriculum as opposed to strategy. An expert counselor would also tell astudent to obtain letters of reference; take college assessments on schedule;send verified assessment scores to colleges; write application essays; completethe Free Application for Federal Student Aid and the CSS Profile; and meet allother deadlines and requirements of selective colleges’ applications Itprovides students with tables that compare colleges’ graduation rates. Thestudent is always confronted with the graduation rates of his nearest colleges,his state’s flagship public university, other in-state selective colleges, anda small number of out-of state selective colleges. (Colleges in latter twocategories are selected at random among those that qualify.) Students’secondary material show the graduation rates of four-year colleges nationwide.More of, students’ primary materials explain how to use tools like the CollegeNavigator to investigate colleges’ curriculum, instructional resources, and housingin detail.
Number 2 is that income-typical students misinterpret their costs ofattending selective colleges. Specifically, we think that students focus undulyon colleges’ “list prices” (the tuition and fees that an affluentstudent who received no aid would pay). And fail to understand the real costsfor students like themselves. We also think that students are unaware that somecolleges provide financial aid for living expenses while other colleges do not.We assume that income typical students do not realize that they would generallypay less to attend colleges that were more selective and that had richerinstructional and other resources. I believe we shouldgive free college tuition because there are students from poor families thatwork hard in school all year round and deserve the chance for a college education.Some students who get really good grades in school do not have enough money tocontinue their education because they come from poor families.
They have spentso much time and effort on schoolwork and homework trying to achieve goodgrades; that they should earn the right to get free college tuition. In 2013,Pell Grants only covered30 percent of the regular cost of going to a public college or university. But in1973 the Pell Grants covered over 75 percent of the cost. So you may ask well whatabout two-year colleges? Community college used to be free if you got a Pell Grant(Lumina Foundation).
Lack of money should not stop a student fromgetting or completing their education, but more importantly their dream tobecome what they want to be in life. If students did not have to work while inschool and maintain school and work graduation rate would improve and increase.Also, if free college tuition was given, more students would be motivated towork harder and try in school to get accepted into any colleges they wished togo to. There would be a very large rise in student grades and this wouldhopefully motivate most if not all of our entire education system to dedicatethemselves to making many smart and intelligent and college prepared students.Free college tuition is a good investment that would not only intrust ourcountry’s devoted students, but also help them and their families currenteconomic situation. I think free collegetuition should be allowed because they are some less fortunate than others andaslo the government would be investing its money in a really good cause.
Thegovernment would not be wasting their money on less important things like weknow they do, but spending it on its future students. The money being raisedwould help our country in a way but more importantly educate our kids. Manypeople will have more chances to get into school, and peruse what they like todo and have their education paid for to become what they would like to become.Many students wouldfinish college and it would eventually pay off because our country would havemany more intelligent and knowledgeable workers. The money raised in college tuitionwould have many good effects making. Also, since many more people would be ableto obtain employer credits, more people would be able to take good paying jobsinstead of minimum paying jobs.
This could possibly result in millions of dollarscoming through the economy since people with more money tend to spend more whenthey have higher incomes and are also in little to no debt. It would also meanthat the government could make a lot of extra tax revenues, which could pay forfree public colleges. In closing,education is a very important in our country. I believe students should beeligible to receive free college tuition for many of reasons. Free collegetuition will have many positive and good effects on our student’s studies andlife and help with their financial situation if they do not have the money. Ourcountry’s government will be investing in our future leaders, doctors, andeducators who will make our country an even better place to live. According tothe National Conference of State Legislatures, Minnesota, Oregon, and Tennesseealready have free community college programs.
Also, there is many other statesconsidering legislation that would make two-year community colleges tuition-freefor eligible students(http://www.ncsl.org/research/education/free-community-college.aspx).
The plan for free higher education should be incorporated. It would be a good decision that would give manyopportunities to millions of our country’s outstanding and striving students!