Why College Tuition Should Be Free

College Tuition Should Be Free Because Education Is A Right, Not A Privilege

College is typically a part of everyone's American dream, but instead, it seems to create a nightmare for families and students.

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If you're a college student right now then you probably have the grand price of tuition on your mind or the fact that you're going to have to pay back loans after you graduate. Debt is so common among college students and I strongly believe that college tuition should be free for public colleges and universities.

College tuition is free in countries like Finland, France, Germany, and Greece, where citizens are able to get the education they want for free. It turns out that Germany eliminated tuition because they believed that making students pay $1300 per year was discouraging Germans from going to college. In fact, according to Edvisors, "About two dozen countries provide free tuition or nearly-free tuition at public colleges and universities to their citizens." Education is such an important part of life and it is a great privilege, but I simply believe that it should be a privilege given to students who really want to learn and obtain a degree.

According to a summary from The Institute for College Access and Success, in 2012, 71% of all students graduating from four-year colleges had student loan debt. That number represents 1.3 million students graduating with debt, which increased greatly from 1.1 million in 2008 and 0.9 million in 2004. The numbers have continued to increase and increase for student loan debt.

In fact, in 2018 Americans owed over $1.48 trillion in student loan debt. This number was about $620 billion more than the total U.S. credit card debt. How is it that student loan debt is higher than both credit cards and auto loans? College is typically a part of everyone's American dream, but instead, it seems to create a nightmare for families and students.

As student loan debt has been increasing, so has college tuition in itself. Overall, the price to live has increased greatly in the past 20 years. According to an article by CNBC, students at public four-year institutions paid an average of $3190 in tuition for the 1987-1988 school year, and that average has risen to $9970 for the 2017-2018 school year. This statistic shows a 213% increase.

Bernie Sanders is trying to play a huge factor in making this social change. His belief system is surrounding the idea of making higher education more affordable for working-class families. One of his quotes says "We need a revolution in the way that the United States funds higher education." He is pushing to make college tuition free and debt free. On his website, Bernie quotes, "It is insane and counter-productive to the best interests of our country and our future, that hundreds of thousands of bright young people cannot afford to go to college, and that millions of others leave school with a mountain of debt that burdens them for decades."

He is emphasizing the fact that so many people want to go to school and learn, but because of the high price tag and the debt that can follow it, many don't and in a way are forced to settle for less. In all honesty, his thinking is the thinking that we need today. The thinking that will help students and create less debt.

According to an article from The New York Times, "We used to be No. 1 in the world, in terms of the percentage of people who graduated from college and universities. Today, we are No. 11…" It's sad to see how that has changed and how it has been having a real effect on people. This debt among college students and their families can indeed create problems and even mental health issues, such as depression, as many studies have shown.

According to a report on Student Loan Hero, in a survey of more than 1000 student loan borrowers in which they dug deep on the psychological effects of student loan debt, more than 70% reported suffering from headaches due to the stress of it. The truth is that you will be worrying about paying back your student loan debt because it never goes away. Even right now it is accumulating interest, and if you do file for bankruptcy, it still doesn't go away. It may take you time to pay, or it may take no time to pay, but overall, you will have to pay it back.

College tuition should start being free or at least cut down a bit because one way or another, college education is a right.

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52 College Student Discounts That Are Extremely Real And TOO Easy To Use

31. Goodwill - 20% off on Tuesdays with college ID
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College is great.

But college is also expensive AF.

The cool thing about that is everyone knows that, and everyone — businesses included — knows college kids can't afford to spend *too* much money that they do NOT have. So you know that student ID you have?

It gets you college student discounts. Lots of them.


Entertainment

1. AMC Theaters

Discounted tickets on Thursdays

2. Apple Music

50% off.

3. Cinemark

Discounted tickets.

4. Regal Cinemas

Exclusive deals!

5. Spotify

Spotify Premium for $4.99/month!

6. New York Mets

$10 tickets with college ID.

Technology

8. Apple

Free pair of Beats with Mac purchase!

9. Best Buy

Exclusive deals!

Exclusive deals

10. FedEx

20-30% off shipping!

11. Microsoft

Multiple discounts!

12. Sprint

Multiple discounts!

13. Verizon

Exclusive deals!

Insurance

14. Allstate

20% off.

15. Geico

15% off.

16. Nationwide

Exclusive deals!

17. State Farm

25% off!

Travel

18. Amtrak

10% off and bonus points!

19. Chevrolet

Preferred pricing

20. Choice Hotels

15% off!

21. Greyhound

20-40% off!

22. Jiffy Lube

$10 or 10% off with college ID!

Education

23. Barnes & Noble

Multiple discounts!

24. Inkjet Willy

10% off with coupon!

25. Wall Street Journal

$1/week for 15 weeks!

Clothes

26. Aerie

10% off!

27. Billabong

10% off!

28. Champ Sports

10% off $50 purchase!

29. Charlotte Russe

10% off total purchase!

30. Forever 21

10% off full-price online purchase!

31. Goodwill

20% off on Tuesdays with college ID!

32. JCrew

15% off with college ID!

33. Kate Spade

15% off with college ID!

34. ModCloth

10% off!

35. Toms

Free shipping!

36. Topshop

10% off!

37. Urban Outfitters

10% off with college ID

38. Vinyard Vines

15% off with college ID!

Food

39. Arby's

10% off!

40. bd's Mongolian Grill

Student Night - $9.99 bowl of stir fry!

41. Buffalo Wild Wings

10% off!

42. Burger King

10% off!

43. Chik-fil-A

Free drink with a meal!

44. Chipotle

Free drink with a meal!

45. Dairy Queen

Student Meal Deal!

46. Dunkin Donuts

10% off!

47. McDonald's

10% off!

48. Subway

10% off!

49. Taco Bell

10% off!

50. Waffle House

Other

51. 1800Flowers.com

20% off!

52. Sam's Club

Discounts vary by location!

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Things I Miss Now That I'm Home From College Again

There are so many reasons to be glad that the school year is over, but if you've done it right... there are a lot of reasons to miss it too.

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So, school is over now and I've come home. As expected I was so relieved at first. No more showering with flip-flops, no more listening to screaming girls running up and down the hall, and a space that is mine and mine alone. But after a week or so of being back, there are a few things I've already started to miss.

I know that not every single person has the ideal roommate but I got really lucky with mine. Coming home I was excited to have my own space, but now when I'm doing my midnight scrolling, I'm realizing that I miss being able to talk to her about the funny things I see in that very moment. Tagging, DMing, and texting her doesn't feel the same as a long night of giggles spent together.

Also, while seeing old friends when you get home is amazing, and there is always a lot to catch up on, you do start to miss your other friends too. Being in college means that your friends are going through similar things as you are all the time. You have tests together, clubs together, and sometimes you spend way too much time procrastinating together. The bond you begin to form is one you definitely begin to miss - especially when you guys don't live close off of campus.

Coming home also means you don't have a set schedule or at least not immediately. You may come back to a previous job and that puts something on your calendar, but the free time you still have during the week can be a little too much. I know I've spent way too much time obsessing over the Tati/James drama than I ever would have at school. The routine I had at school kept me busy and entertained, and I'm honestly missing it a lot right now.

There are a lot of other things to miss too - even things you thought you wouldn't. You miss the classes, the teachers, and sometimes the food. I know I miss the environment. It isn't a perfect one, but it's full of people just trying to find their way. We are all working through the roller coaster of life and we are all stuck on one beautiful campus together while we figure it all out. I miss meeting new people at the bus stops or running into old classmates and catching up.

I guess the bonus for me is that I just finished sophomore year which means I have more time to spend at school. Come senior year, I guess I'll have to learn quickly how to deal without the things I miss - and also create a schedule so I can travel to see all of my friends, but those are all problems for future me.

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