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Should College Be Free?

INTRODUCTION

DESCRIPTIONJake Naughton for The New York Times
Politicians on the right and left are talking about college affordability. Democratic presidential candidates are divided over how much should be done to ease the cost of higher education. Tennessee is offering free community college tuition to all its high school graduates and a slate of candidates for the Board of Overseers at Harvard University wants to end undergraduate tuition there.
To level the playing field, should tuition at public colleges be ended?
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DEBATERS

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INTRODUCTION


Jake Naughton for The New York Times
Politicians on the right and left are talking about college affordability. Democratic presidential candidates are divided over how much should be done to ease the cost of higher education. Tennessee is offering free community college tuition to all its high school graduates and a slate of candidates for the Board of Overseers at Harvard University wants to end undergraduate tuition there.

To level the playing field, should tuition at public colleges be ended?

READ THE DISCUSSION »

DEBATERS


The Problem Is That Free College Isn’t Free
ANDREW P. KELLY, AMERICAN ENTERPRISE INSTITUTE
A national push for tuition-free college would strain public budgets even further, leading to shortages rather than increased access.

Public Higher Education Should Be Universal and Free
SARA GOLDRICK-RAB, AUTHOR, "PAYING THE PRICE"
It helps students focus on learning rather than working so that they complete degrees faster and having acquired more skills.

A Needless Windfall for Affluent Voters and State Institutions
MICHAEL J. PETRILLI, THOMAS B. FORDHAM INSTITUTE
What's more, colleges seeking more public subsidy must stop admitting students who are unprepared academically and have virtually no shot at leaving with a real degree.

Tennessee Is Showing How Free Tuition Works
CELESTE CARRUTHERS, PROFESSOR OF ECONOMICS
Programs like Tennessee Promise may be changing the conversation about going to college, and enticing students to try community college first.

Aid Low-Income Students and Colleges That Serve Them
NIKKI EDGECOMBE, COMMUNITY COLLEGE RESEARCH CENTER
Tuition, fees and living expenses should be subsidized for poor students, and strong performance should be rewarded with higher grant funding, loan forgiveness and other incentives.

A Way to Boost Latinos Access and Completion Rates
DEBORAH SANTIAGO, EXCELENCIA IN EDUCATION
Some Latino families don’t even “window shop” for a higher education because sticker prices at some colleges and universities outpace families’ annual wages.
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