I don’t support free college tuition and here is why:
- The average person goes to college for a 4-year degree, usually starting at age 18
- Since I couldn’t find the amount of US citizens aged 18-22, let’s assume they take advantage of the free college system and go for a 6-year degree instead.
- The US census says there are
27,143,454 people in the US aged 18-24.
Let’s say that we provide a free 6-year degree for all of these people.
- The college board reports that a "moderate" college budget
for an in-state public college for the 2014–2015 academic year averaged $23,410.
- This includes room & board, various fees, tuition cost, and books to name a few.
- Does NOT take into account that some majors cost significantly more than others
Now we need to find out how much it would cost to provide these people with a free 6-year degree
- We multiply the amount of the education per person by the
27,143,454 people aged 18-24 (to get the total cost of educating all these people for 6 years), and you get the grand total of $
635,428,258,140 per year
- Assuming that all these students attend an in-state public college with a moderate budget.
- Distribute that cost among all 117,00,000 US taxpayers and it amounts to $5,431 per taxpayer per year.
- According to basic math and the current US tax brackets, taxes would be raised between 17.1% (lowest range of the middle class) and 83% (highest range of middle class).
That’s WAY too much of a tax increase on our middle class, assuming that the students go to in-state public colleges with moderate budgets. Not everyone will go to in-state public colleges, and not all of them will have moderate budgets.
This statistic doesn’t take into account the following:
- Private colleges, which are around twice as expensive.
- Cost of building new colleges and dorms to accommodate the greatly increased amount of students
- Dropout rates
- The reality that some kids will just screw around getting an “education” and end up staying in college for WAY longer than four years because, hey, it’s free, so why not?
There’s no real way to do that without drastically raising taxes on everyone else to pay for it. In theory, it would be nice, but in reality, it wouldn’t work because it’s too expensive. However, I would support going through the university systems and eliminating excess costs. I’m sure that there are many things that the university system spends money on that are unnecessary and I’m all for eliminating those inefficiencies. But I am not for spending taxpayer dollars to reduce college education when it’s so expensive to do so.