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The Left is Still Pressing Biden Not Just for Student Debt Cancellation, but ‘Free’ College

The Left is Still Pressing Biden Not Just for Student Debt Cancellation, but ‘Free’ College

“Democrats have abandoned all efforts to make college tuition free at the federal level.”

The excerpt below is from an op-ed in The Hill.

This is how the author Chris Geary is described:

“a senior policy analyst at New America’s Center on Education and Labor where he focuses on the intersection of higher education and labor policy and seeks to advance educational and economic equity”

Here’s the argument:

Don’t just cancel student debt: The cycle only ends with free college

Lost in the debate regarding President Biden’s anticipated announcement that he plans to cancel student debt is a more complicated, and arguably more important, reality: Democrats have abandoned all efforts to make college tuition free at the federal level.

This means that even if Biden cancels all outstanding student debt, the federal government has not enacted plans to prevent students from accumulating new debt moving forward. While borrowers may momentarily rejoice at debt forgiveness, by tabling plans to make college tuition free, Democrats threaten to undercut their own attempts to expand college access and affordability. Debt cancellation — while potentially meaningful to millions of Americans — will not make higher education affordable without further action. The Biden administration, congressional Democrats, and yes, also Republicans, should do more to make college affordable so that millions of Americans can access the life-enhancing benefits of a college education.

Despite widely varying opinions regarding the appropriate role of higher education in American life, an indisputable fact remains: College degrees pay off. Recent research suggests the economic returns to college degrees are at an all-time high. On average, recent college graduates earn $52,000 per year, while young workers with high school diplomas but no higher education credentials earn only $30,000 per year. This difference, known as the college wage premium, has increased since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. College completion is also associated with lower unemployment rates. So, when talking about a worthwhile investment for an individual and a society, college proves its value as an effective path to higher-paying jobs and economic wellbeing.

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Steven Brizel | June 14, 2022 at 4:48 pm

There is no such thing as a free lunch

Albigensian | June 14, 2022 at 7:05 pm

An end to government subsidies would be a start.

But ultimately colleges and universities maintain their power because they are gatekeepers to credentials people need to obtain the jobs they want. And without these, even if you could find a manager who’d hire you, you’ll never see that manager because you won’t make it through the HR screening.

The real solution will come when there are alternate paths to these credentials. Comprehensive exams, for example.

Let’s just tax the poor and middle class to allow liberals to pursue college degrees in subjects no employer wants–I’m sure that’s a winning argument for the Dems

The days of “free” anything are gone. Biden won’t be spending any more money.

Free college? Sure, sounds like a great idea. As long as the universities pay for the free college.