Leonard Michigan

Free College

Not all families can afford college in the US

Dear Next President,

I would like to congratulate on your recent win. Winning could not have been an easy task and I’m sure having a college education helped along the way on the campaign trail. The issue I’m here to discuss is free or a reduced cost of college.

If more people could afford to go to college than unemployment rates would be lower. A study done by Bureau of Labor Statistics showed that in 2015 unemployment rates of those with a high school diploma or less was 13.4%. Also those with who went to college but never finished was another 5%. Which means that 18.4% of people could not go to college. This 18.4% did not go to college for whatever reason but I feel if college were to be cheaper this percentage could be lowered because more people could afford to go. The study also showed that people who graduated with a bachelor degree had an unemployment rate of 2.8%. These statics shows that if more had a higher education then they would have more experience for jobs therefore making more acceptable for company lowering the unemployment rate.

Bernie Sanders, your former competitor, felt very strongly about free college he said, “In Germany, college tuition is free. In America, college tuition is increasingly unaffordable. In a highly competitive global economy. Which country do you think will have the best educated workforce and a competitive advantage? We must make tuition free in public colleges and universities and substantially reduce interest rates on student loans.” I feel Mr. Sanders had a point when he asked the question about who would have a better workforce. The one who had people going to college for free or the one what causes people to take out students and pay them off of the majority of their life? I personally feel that the one with free college will have a better workforce.

I know that the some high school students that probably do not deserve free college and that is why I feel those who have earned the right to go to college should have less pay than those who have not earned. Also if college becomes cheaper people will not be as motivated to go if they know they can go no matter what. Lastly, students may take it for granted the same way some students take K-12 education for granted. That is why I propose that if students can’t keep a C average they should be put on academic probation or be kicked out of school.

My family mis a minority in this country and we are not as fortunate as the majority. I am also a first generation college student and my family really wants me to be the first one in my family to attend college and graduate. I am not as smart as most other kids who can just earn a 4.0 and go to school with college paid for. I apply myself and strive to be great and I get the best grades that I can. I think all kids in the USD deserve to go to college for free.

There are many people in the nation that will be paying back debt for the rest of their lives just because they wanted to be someone important in life.. So Mr./Mrs. President don’t you think it is time to allow everyone to attend to college for free? If you decide to lower the cost of college or to make it free I feel like you will not be sorry because it will bring the U.S to high standard of employment on a global scale.

Sincerely, Louie Jeffries 

Hanover-Horton High School

Communications in the 21st Century

This is considered our Journalism class @ Hanover-Horton High School.

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