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What are the pros and cons of providing a free college education to American students?

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The opportunity to obtain a college education is considered to be a valuable opportunity which gives people a chance to get a better job, make more money, and have a better life.  However, for many people the opportunity to obtain a college education may be out of reach due to the significant financial expenditure that is necessary.  College tuition today is extremely high, causing some people to miss out on the chance to receive a college education.

The pros of providing a free college education include:  giving students of less financial means an opportunity to attend college, helping to increase the level of education of the nation, and reducing student debt.  A free college education would give every student that makes certain grades the opportunity to go to college no matter how much money the student's parents have.  This would help to encourage students from low income backgrounds to do well in school.  In addition, the overall educational level of the country could increase, making the nation better.  Furthermore, a free college education would reduce the number of students leaving college with tremendous debt that can take years to pay off.

The cons of providing a free college education include:  higher taxes, less incentives for parents to work hard, and less incentives for students to do well in college.  Taxes would be increased because the free college education would have to be paid for with tax dollars. Furthermore, many students may not be as motivated to do well in college if neither the students nor their parents have to pay for their education.

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