Why College Tuition Should Be Free

Why College Tuition Should Be Free

No, it has nothing to do with me being a millennial.

Yes, I am a millennial. No, I'm not entitled. Yes, I believe that college should be free. Just hear me out.

By making college free, people who couldn't afford to go to college would be able to go. If you are able to succeed and pass classes in college, then you should be allowed to do just that regardless of how much money you and your family currently make. It's as simple as investing in our futures; what could be so bad about a well-educated country? Nothing!

If college graduates no longer had to pay off their student loans after graduating, they would be able to contribute more money to the economy. Free college has succeeded in Germany, Brazil, Finland, Sweden, Slovenia, and Norway. Our nation's student loan debt has exceeded $1.2 trillion, a debt that well surpasses credit card and mortgage debt. Another thing is that college tuition would be free for people who can't easily afford it. Families above a certain annual income would still be required to pay for tuition.

Students would be able to focus more on school and wouldn't have to figure out where to get the money for their next semester of college. The only cost would be room and board, which would be much more manageable. Students who don't get funding from the government or whose parents can't afford to cosign their loans would still be able to attend college. It is a matter of fairness and equality. If we want the best and smartest people to succeed, then what is known as "the great equalizer" should be more accessible.

If the government and tax payers were to pay for public universities and colleges, there would be more inspection into where tuition money is going. Universities wouldn't be allowed to run their institutions like a business. Less money would be spent on unnecessary items such as increases in the president of the college's salary, increases in athletic funding, among other things.

Now to address two of the biggest complaints I hear from people who disagree. The first is that "college students should have a stake in their college education." The government would have expectations of all students that plan on attending college. If they want the government to pay for it, they would have to maintain a certain GPA to remain eligible for this benefit. They would also be expected to graduate within the normal time frame--four years. This makes students just as invested in their education.

The second of the two biggest complaints I hear is: "'Free college' isn't actually free, it still needs to be paid for. Where is that money going to come from?" Our country spends more than $601 billion on the military, which is more than the next seven highest spending countries combined! The U.S. could pay for the tuition by lowering the military's budget by $47 billion, and the remaining $23 billion would be paid by the states.

Overall, making college tuition free for those whose family make under a set amount of money per year would open up the "great equalizer" to those who can't afford it by making it more accessible. College students would be able to contribute more to the economy, and our national college debt would be much lower. My view has nothing to do with being a millennial. I am not entitled; I believe that anybody who can succeed in college should be able to go. Money should not be a limiting factor when it comes to obtaining a college degree.

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He Changed Everything.

My soul is richer & my heart is fuller 

Sept 2013 I found myself writing to an evangelist Jennifer Beckham looking for more, looking for answers cause at the time I was in a dark place, and stuck no matter what I did. She wrote back! I cried as I read her respond. She sent me scriptures of who god is and what he wants for us. God says we are more than conquers and endurance develops strength and character. She encouraged me that I was on the right track. Not to give up and she would be praying for me. I saw Jennifer Beckham at a conference that year. I don't remember what she specifically talked about but I remember the feeling. The feeling of wanting to burst out crying, I could feel my eyes being filled with tears, and my heart racing but I wouldn't let out the tears. My pride was too big. I wanted to be strong so I did my best to hold it all in, and I did. At this conference they offered the audience who wanted to go up for prayer and dedicate their life to Jesus Christ. Surprisingly I went up, but I went up with other people that were seeking out salvation. I wasn’t sure if I was going up to support the other people or if it was truly for me. I was confused, even though I said the prayer. I became more confused as the days went on and I wasn't feeling a difference in my life. Nothing was changing. I started reading the bible and many books, listening to sermons, and surrounding myself with positive people. I gave my life to Jesus, but I didn't feel like I was set FREE! I continued feeling empty, lost, broken, guilty, and hurt from the past. There were so many days where I just wanted to give up. Almost felt pointless to fight for my life. At this point in my life I didn't know God very much, but I had just a little bit of faith. My faith was as big as a mustard seed and God took care of the rest. Day by day, year by year I started noticing my life changing. I noticed I was changing. I started feeling happy with who I was and where I was in life. I no longer questioned God about the things that happened to me. In my heart I was ok with the wounds, the hardships, and trials from the past because I now understood those wounds and trials. I realized I was SET FREE! not perfect but set free. I started understanding who I was as a child of our heavenly father. Now it’s Jan 2018 and I’m in awe of who I am and where I am in life, all because of Jesus. His so faithful! I think of the favor, the grace, his mercy, his love, his joy and blessing that he gives me even when I’m undeserving of it, it’s overwhelming. He has never left me nor forsake me. I can say Jesus you changed everything and my heart so forever thankful. 

Today, I encourage you like Jennifer Beckham encouraged me. Keep going and don't give up. No matter what your past looks like believe in your heart that you were created for greatness. Don't let your past determine your future, be the change you want in your life. You have it in you. There is so much more to life, don't miss out on it. It's time to take back your happiness, love, joy, freedom and so much more. It's time to take back EVERYTHING the enemy has taken from you. God has made you an overcomer. I speak it right now, that you will be victorious in 2018 and the years to come. Remember, God loves you! 

Psalm 136:26 (AMP) O give thanks to the God of heaven, for his mercy and loving-kindness endures forever!

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