The Pros And Cons Of Free College

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As of 2017, more than 44 million Americans and 82 percent of college graduates are in debt because of student loans. These loans are made to help these people pay for college that are financially unable to pay for it themselves for whatever reason. The total amount of student loan debt racks up to a total of 1.3 trillion dollars and as of last year became the largest leading form of national debt outranking credit card debt and auto loans. As Bernie Sanders said during a press conference “let us be clear, when you hear people who oppose this legislation, this is not a radical idea in 1965, average tuition at a 4-year public university was just $256...at great schools like the City University of New York and the State University of California, do you know what tuition was? It was $0. If they could do it in the 60’s we could do it now.” The reason this topic has become such a controversial issue is that there are many American students who are brilliant minded but come from poor families who cannot afford to send their child off to pursue a higher education after high school. A poll showed that about 62% of Americans believe that they can’t afford the tuition cost of college. That isn’t hard believe considering that fact that the estimated cost of attending college for four years has increased by over 1000% since the 1970’s. The concept of free college is not a foreign concept and, in fact, there are foreign countries that have virtually free college. A several of these

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