Free College. A dream or a reality?

There are debates back and forth about whether free public college would be possible. There is some controversy that some people believe that college should only be free for families that can’t afford it while other families should have to pay for it, but the majority of people agree that free college would be a good thing. Besides the fact that people would just like to not have to pay for college, in today’s society, it just makes sense. Student loan rates are grossly higher than the interest for just about any other type of loan. Fifty years ago, a high school diploma was all you needed to join the workforce. Most of your training would be gained on the job site. But nowadays, the most a high school diploma will get you is a job in fast food. You need at least a four year degree before anyone will even look at you let alone consider hiring you. It doesn’t matter what job you are looking for, if you haven’t been to college, they are going to throw your resume in the trash and move on to the next person.

So the majority agrees that free college would be a good thing, but what people can’t agree on is whether or not it would be possible. College can’t just magically cost nothing, money to pay for it has to come from somewhere. Bernie Sanders proposed a tax on Wall Street to pay for public college. Some economists say that his proposition, while others find their projections to be exaggerated and inadequate funding for making college free for the public.

There is a lot of back and forth about free college being possible, but there seems to be very little evidence supporting either side. There are economists on both sides saying it will work or it won’t work. Everyone has their own projections of the revenue a tax on Wall Street would produce, but there is very little consensus.

The problem is that all these numbers are a guess. They are very informed guesses, but they are still guesses all the same. Nobody can know for sure what will happen if there is an attempt to implement free college.

But when people say that it won’t work so don’t bother trying, does that seem like the American attitude. “I’m just going to fail anyways so I might as well not try.” Or would it seem better to make an attempt and fall short, but still severely reduce the cost of college? Is America really so afraid to fail that they won’t even try to fix a major problem? Student debt is consuming the population and nothing has been done to try to fix these problems.

All that we can do is try. Try to implement free college. And if we fall short and only greatly reduce the cost of college, wouldn’t that be better than giving up before we even tried? Germany, Brazil, Chile, Finland, France, Norway, Sweden and many more countries have made free college work. So does it really make sense to say that America, one of the richest nations in the world, can’t make free college work? We need to get rid of this fear of failure and try our best. The American attitude isn’t wimp out because you are afraid to fail. The American attitude is progress, risk, and hard work. It won’t be easy to make college free, and only time will tell if it’s possible, but only if we actually try instead tapping out at the first sign of struggle.