Political Debate: College Student Loan Forgiveness. An oppositional perspective
Free or low-cost college is a hot topic of conversation among younger generations, but it’s a reform that could potentially make matters worse. The option of free tuition should be left for colleges to offer, it should not regard the government at all. For public schools, the states can decide if they want free tuition or not, but the people of the state should be able to vote on it.
“Student debt has reached untenable levels, estimated at $1.5 trillion, leaving in its wake a generation of young people disenfranchised, holding pricey degrees alongside low-paying jobs. However, getting the government (and, by definition, taxpayers) involved further in education is not the way to sort out our higher education woes. In fact, it will only exacerbate the problem. Getting the government out of higher education entirely is the only way to fix the issue and generate better outcomes,” Fox News stated in an article on their website.
To be blunt, education is a matter that should be left out of the federal government’s concerns. Instead, the states should have full control over education per the reservation clause of the United States Constitution, which states that all issues not mention exclusively in the Constitution are to be reserved for the states to decide on.
Free or low-cost tuition is also not truly free if taxes go up and we, the taxpayers, are paying for it. Nothing is free in America, ultimately because we pay the government through taxes, and the government covering tuition is an indirect way of making the people pay. Taxes are already high enough and would only grow even more if college were to be made free or low cost.
Instead of raising taxes, I believe colleges should have the ability to decide if they want to lower tuition because every institution is different; if lowering tuition is affordable for the college, they should get to make that decision, given our free-market economy. To make it more affordable, some colleges have already started making moves by lowering their sticker price and giving out fewer scholarships, which is a better solution than lowering tuition altogether. For example, if Loras College costs, on average, $42,000 per year and the price drops to $15,000 with fewer scholarship opportunities it wouldn’t make much of a difference.
The reason left wing politicians push that tuition could be free is so that students are able to find a job after college and pay taxes, which will be the repayment to the government, as well as a raise in taxes in order to afford free or reduced tuition. We do need to reform our education system in America and lower debt, but creating a free or low-cost tuition program in every college or university in the United States is not the answer, as taxpayers will suffer the most. It would be better to have the states control their own tuition, rather than having the federal government be in charge of education. On a smaller scale, this education will better fit the needs of the people.