This State Just Approved Free College Tuition

A free college education for everyone is a great idea in a Utopian society where everything works out just dandy. However, this isn’t a Sir Thomas More novel, and our word isn’t perfect.

Nothing “free” is every actually free. Somewhere along the line, SOMEONE has to pay for it . With that being said, free tuition is not actually free. So who will the burden of these costs fall on? Likely the every day tax payer.

New York Governor, Andrew Cuomo, stated, “Today, college is what high school was—it should always be an option even if you can’t afford it.”

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This is where I disagree. College is not like high school. High school is where you learn basic skills, and everyone is on the same path. College is where specialization comes in, and everyone branches off into their own walk of life. Why should my neighbor be responsible for my tuition?

The program will phase in over three years, starting in the fall of 2017 for New Yorkers earning up to $100,000 and increasing to $110,000 in 2018. The state expects it to benefit an estimated 940,000 families.

Free tuition doesn’t mean zero-cost college, however. Eligible New Yorkers will still be on the hook for room and board and other expenses — and although the number of parents saving for college hit an all-time high last year, the median balance isn’t enough to cover even a year of in-state expenses at a public, four-year college.

Okay so they will be required to pay for their living expenses, just like every other person. However, there is one slight catch to this new “free” system.

Among other scholarship requirements, students must also agree to live and work in New York for the same number of years after graduation as they received the scholarship.

This is good for the economy of the state in which you received that degree….however, now you are a hostage of sorts. What happens when you get an amazing job offer elsewhere, or even just want to move? Too bad.

I agree that everyone should have a fair chance at having a life and a career, but you have to earn it. You have to work for it. It should not be handed to you on a silver platter.

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