Should Higher Education Be Free?

1140 Words Nov 30th, 2016 5 Pages
Germany, Denmark, Sweden, Iceland, Finland, Mexico, and Brazil all offer higher education for free to their citizens. President Obama proposed a free community college starting in Tennessee. His proposal was born out of recognition that students currently enrolled are struggling. According to an article written by Vijay Govindarajan and Jatin Desai from the Harvard Business Review there has been a 400% increase in the cost of higher education. Galloping tuition hikes have made attending college more expensive today than at any point in U.S history. Should higher education be free? Yes It should be free, For obvious reasons the coast in college in all is ridiculously high for any college student, whether attending a two year college or a four year college. Aside from cost and debit being the obvious reason why higher education should be free, it can also give everyone the same equal opportunity world wide.
Enrollment rates have gone up since the 1970’s The cost of attending a four year college has increased by 1,122% since 1978. As Paul F Campos stated in an article written in the New York Times on April,4,2015 titled “The Reasons College Tuition Cost so Much.” College tuition at public universities has nearly quadrupled, to $9,139 in 2014 alone. . Enrollment in undergraduate, graduate and professional programs has increased by almost 50% since 1995. Some of these increase in spending in education has been driven by a sharp rise in the percentage of Americans who go…
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