By Kameron McGill
Imagine if every person were able to attend college tuition free. I believe that having the ability to attend college free of charge would encourage many students to obtain a degree. If more people within the state of Maine were educated, it would boost our economy by promoting entrepreneurship and enabling individuals to obtain the necessary skills to obtain higher paying jobs.
Every American should have the opportunity to pursue their professional goals, as well as the ability to explore the wide range of opportunities this world has to offer. As annual cost of living expenses is rising rapidly, and wage increases lag, without access to education, the ability to enjoy the quality of life all people want, is increasingly difficult in the United States.
Many students who attend college require financial aid, particularly if they don’t live with their parents and need to afford the cost of living expenses, when attending school full-time. With that said, I have discovered that a growing number of students are squandering the opportunity they’ve been afforded through access to federal student loans. Instead, they are attending college simply to afford their cost of living expenses.
By abusing the use of federal student loans, they are jeopardizing access to these critical funds for others who use student loans for their intended purpose. here are multiple sources which confirm this worsening problem.
If college tuition was free, the misuse of educational loans would end, and the students that truly want to make the most out of their educational experience would be able to continue to do so. I firmly believe that every citizen in the United States should have the same opportunities as the next person, regardless of their financial standing.
Money should not be a barrier for U.S. citizens who desire to learn, obtain a degree and pursue their professional goals. The college experience should be available to those who want to advance and become positive contributing members of society. No one should be prevented from accessing education as a result of financial hardship, or regulation that prevents them from doing so.
The ability to obtain a degree in the United States should not be a privilege, accessible to the few, it should be an opportunity extended to everyone. Not only would it ameliorate poverty, which is known to be one of the leading causes of crime and many of society’s ills in this country, it would enable the majority to provide a return on the government’s investment and contribute to making the world a better place for all of humanity.
As a nation, we must work together to ensure everyone is provided equal access to the same opportunities.