Make College Free?

I read an article about certain college students seeking to make college free. How can they come to this request? I don’t think it’s logical. More of my response is below.

In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: “Ripped from the Headlines!.” Head to your favorite online news source. Pick an article with a headline that grabs you. Now, write a short story based on the article.

I clipped this article from Reuters:

Students were set to walk out of classrooms across the United States on Thursday to protest ballooning student loan debt for higher education and rally for tuition-free public colleges and a minimum

Source: Students across U.S. to march over debt, free public college | Reuters

My response:

Anytime the government makes something free it is simply paid for by another source than the one who uses it. In other words, there is no “free lunch.” Someone always must pay to make it free for others. An example might be in free school lunches themselves, where the idiom is borrowed. I work at a school that offers its students K-6 a free breakfast and lunch every day. This “free lunch” is paid for by a wealthy person who sees some benefit in feeding the impoverished students who cannot afford the $2.75 a day for lunch. With around 77 students at my school alone, the price tag builds. If the tax write off or other incentive goes away, the flow of funds will stop.

Now let’s consider college which is a huge business all its own. You cannot suppose a “million student march” can push the hand that pushes the lever that pays the tuition. I’m pleased they are marching to raise the issue but unless you make donating to the cause beneficial to the payers, college will never be free. The government can certainly give companies tax breaks but what beyond that? I think loans, work-study, savings, and scholarships/grants are all excellent systems in place to finance college. We’re in no position to make it free so let’s look at the systems we have and try to trim the fat and streamline them.

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