College is generally the next step after graduating high school. However, some may skip college due to the many expenses that come with going to college. Imagine American Foundation found one of the top reasons students don’t attend college is because they think they can’t afford it. Lowering college tuition is a good idea because it would be beneficial to everyone. The more educated we are, the better our country is.
One main reason for lowering the cost would be that students would be open to more college choices without worrying about paying for it. When choosing, and apply to colleges, one of the things that students look at in a school is now much yearly tuition is along with other school expenses. If tuition were lower, students would only have to worry about school necessities. They would have the option to choose a college based on their major that they like, not a college that they can afford and possibly has their second or third choice for a major. Students could expand horizons and affordability wouldn’t be a major problem.
A second reason lowering tuition is a good idea is that more people would attend college. People usually skip college due to high cost, but if tuition cost less, more people would probably be more open to the idea of going to college. Because of more college applicants, the rate of college graduates would increase.
The National Center for Education reports, the six-year graduation rate in 2014 for males was 57 percent and 62 percent for females. While these numbers are high, imagine how much higher they’d be if more people didn’t skip college, attend and graduate, without the hassle of expensive yearly tuition.
I must argue that while lowering college tuition is a good idea, it might affect colleges in terms of their number of students. College Raptor’s website states that if tuition were lessened or even taken away, it would devalue a college diploma. When students to college, they go not only to get an education, but to get the money’s worth that they spent to go to college. They want to make the most out of the experience they paid for. Graduating and getting that diploma might not seem as important if it wasn’t as expensive. This would hurt the colleges cease fewer wouldn’t attend college.
Even though lowering tuition would consist of possibly devaluing a college diploma, it doesn’t mean the degrading of a college. If Harvard were to make its college tuition-free, that doesn’t make it less of a school than Yale.
For instance, if you buy an outfit on sale, that doesn’t make the material worse than it was before if was on sale. So, the same goes for colleges. If a college were to make tuition less or even free, that wouldn’t make it less than a college it was before. If a college were to do so, it would only be doing something that could help lots of students where most don’t have the money to go to a college that they hope to go to.
To sum this all up, although lowering college tuition is a risky issue for colleges, it might be a risk that the United States should take for more Americans to be educated. It would solve many issues students deal with when deciding to attend college. This idea has many upsides to it including more college choices, more college applicants, and higher college graduate rates in the United States, but it would be promoting the importance of education at a great extent.
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