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Should college be free for all?

The average 2016 graduate is $37,712 in debt. Something has to be done about college tuition, but people can't agree what needs to be done. Many people think college education is a right, and free tuition is a path toward reducing inequality. Critics say making college free would counterintuitively help rich people instead of the middle class and poor, and would incentivize more people to go to college when they don't need to. What do you think? 🏫

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Here's a real-time tally of student loan debt in the United States. 

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Free tuition is one of those ideas that look nice on paper, but in practice, not so much.  

Free tuition certainly helps some people, but it is not the most efficient use of money if the goal is to increase access to university education and reduce the debt of poor and middle class families. Currently, the American university system is very progressive. The amount families end up paying is based on their income, which means richer students subsidize poorer ones. A free tuition model is more regressive because it gives richer students a subsidy and places a bigger burden on poor students by not helping them with the cost of living.

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Bernie Sanders brought up this idea as one of the central planks of his platform. The fact that it resonated so strongly with millennials shows how deeply this issue effects that generation. 

In fact, it’s what many of our colleges and universities used to do. The University of California system offered free tuition at its schools until the 1980s. In 1965, average tuition at a four-year public university was just $243 and many of the best colleges – including the City University of New York – did not charge any tuition at all. The Sanders plan would make tuition free at public colleges and universities throughout the country.
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Here's why people think college should not be free. 

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Many people agree with Bernie Sanders and think college should be free to all. 

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Should college be free for all?
#MakeCollegeFree
A festive crown for the winner
#NothingIsFree