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FreeHigher Education

Whileeducation stands as one of the key building blocks to a developedsociety, higher education is fundamental to a developed humanresource and economy. The provision of higher education to thesociety has for years been a contentious issue in line with thefinancial implications involved. With issues such as rises in tuitionfees and debt associated higher learning programs, many people havebeen locked out of higher education which results into complicationsin the economy. A study conducted by Goldrick and Andrew looked intothe need and issues revolving around providing “free communitycollege and debt free or no loan colleges” in the society. Freecommunity colleges and no loan colleges are proposed as crucialmethods towards self-development and equipping the students to dealwith their life challenges better. This paper purports to discuss theproblem of the community college tuition to arrive at the bestproposition to raise higher education in the society arguing insupport of the initiative of providing free tuition for the highereducation levels This will be by analyzing two articles based onpropositions in support and against the ideas of free communitycollege and no loan colleges fundamental for human resource andeconomic development.

ManyAmericans incur high amounts of tuition fees that are exaggerated bythe institutions so that they can afford to provide educationalsubsidies to the needy students and to give merit aid for the bright,wealthy students (Samuels,60).There is the need of developing some more practical approachestowards the issues of college fees. The government needs to shift itsemphasis on the tax breaks and shelters in an aim to curb theincrease in tuition fees. More practical approaches such as theprovision of free education for the students should be adopted(Samuels,58).This initiative would allow the government to have more control overthe fees and tuition cost at both the private and public colleges.The government can have more access to the educational activities ofall institutions if it engages in full funding of the educationprograms. According to Goldrickand Andrew (55),many people fail to pursue their dream careers because they were notin a position to afford the tuition fees. Providing free tuition forhigher education is a sound basis for assisting the citizens toself-actualize and reach their targets. Many individuals withpotential ideas can now have an adequate basis of developing theirinventions, which would have a high value to the society as opposedto the current system of high tuition rates.

Withridiculous increments on higher education tuition fees and minimalimprovements in the quality of education witnessed over the years,significant debates have ensued on how to best reform theinstitution. These have led to more comprehensive analysis on theissue and development of suitable interventions to solve thechallenges of college fee to achieve a more efficient learningsystem. Some nations such as Finland adopted an approach where theyprovide free educations to their students in higher learning(Samuels,58).This initiative was effective because there were significantimprovements in the learning system of the nation that involveadministrative and labor costs. As such, there were fewer expensesconcerned with running institutions and educational systems allowingfor the free education policy to work effectively.

Oneof the challenges facing the education centers today is that theuniversities function as investment centers that are more concernedwith reducing administrative expenses and increasing the pay slips ofthe administrators and the star faculty. Free tuition is an adequateintervention to achieving efficiency in the higher educationinstitutions in America. To achieve such efficiency, “the U.S.A.president made a proposal for the adoption and implementation oftuition-free community college (Goldrickand Andrew, 59).” This would, however, require financialsupplements from the government’s budgetary expenditure to create amore efficient and cost-effective education system. Manyother policy makers and intellectuals have supported the plan andadvocate for its immediate implementation, though weary of theeconomic implications involved.

Thereare vital economic implications to consider in adopting freecommunity college and loan free colleges. This issue has put highereducation at the center of debate in America. Many arguments havebeen put forth concerning private versus public learninginstitutions, welfare versus profit oriented colleges, and in-personagainst online learning (Samuels,58).When many people cannot afford college fees, there is a likelihood ofcrippling down of the education systems. To avoid this, “Finlandadopted an approach of publicizing the higher education programs andoffering free tuition” making it amongst the pioneers of such aprogram (Goldrickand Andrew, 54).Before passing this initiative towards the k-12 education, the nationranked among the middle developed countries using the scale ofinternational tests. Some other adjustments made to the Finnishschool systems included improvement in the training and compensationof the teachers, individualized student attention and freedom ofchoosing the curriculum path to follow. The implementation of thisnew plan resulted in significant improvement in the performance ofthe Finnish students, and the nation is ranked among the mostdeveloped countries regarding educational performance (Goldrickand Andrew, 54).This went in line with democratic principles of equality and humanrights.

Establishinga high level of literacy in a society is essential for thepropagation of democracy and human rights. One of the primary reasonsbehind the need for shifting the mode of support to graduate tuitionstructures is that “education is crucial for the realization ofdemocracy” in any nation towards equality of human rights (Goldrickand Andrew, 54).The colleges have the responsibility of enlightening the youth andenlarging their thinking capacities through offering the necessaryresources for learning and opportunities for interactions (Samuels,58).The government can play a fundamental role in human resourcedevelopment by ensuring that the young generations are provided withthe right kind of information and education processes as well asadequate mechanisms to grow their competencies. The provision of freetuition in higher learning through programs such as no Loan Collegeand free community colleges would establish this role.

Provisionof free tuition among the students and the use of motivation factorsfor the tutors are key to the achievement of an efficient educationsystem (Goldrickand Andrew, 57).The institutions will shift their attention from making money to thatof developing skills among the students. This aspect is far from thecurrent trends where there are increased numbers of private collegesbecause the learning institutions have lost their reputation andinstead function like commercial profit making institutions (Goldrickand Andrew, 54).This pattern results in the more suffering among the poor as theinstitutions continue to raise their tuition, to cater for variousexpenses and functions in the schools. The provision of afree-tuition college education would ensure that the facilitiesminimize or cut off additional activities and programs because thereis a limited amount of funding available (Samuels,92).This would change the basis of competition among the colleges fromthe amount of revenue generated by the system to the quality ofservices and educational performance of the institutions.


Providingfree tuition in community colleges and loan free colleges is acrucial aspect in achievement efficiency in learning institutions anda human resource for the economy. It will ensure for theestablishment of self-developed and equipped students to deal withtheir life challenges as knowledgeable citizens and advancement ofsociety. Free tuition would ensure that every qualified individualacquires quality and efficient education that is crucial to the humanresource development. It is also a means through which the governmentis able to play its roles for the society by actively supportingdemocracy and equality of rights in education and the job market. Amore literate, qualified, and equipped society will lead toadvancements in the economy and society in general.


Goldrick-Rab,Sara, and Andrew P. Kelly. &quotShould Community College Be Free?Education Next Talks with Sara Goldrick-Rab and Andrew P.Kelly.&quot&nbspEducationNext&nbsp16.1(2016): 54-59.

Samuels,Robert.&nbspWhyPublic Higher Education Should be Free: How to Decrease Cost and Increase Quality at American Universities.Rutgers University Press, 2013.