Free College in America Is a Bad Idea. Just Look at Europe. – Bloomberg

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It’s nice to think that removing the burden of tuition would allow more low-income students to benefit from higher education, but the opposite is true.
Free college comes at a high price.
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Even fans of student debt relief will admit it doesn't solve the core problem of crushing higher education costs. For that, debt-forgiveness proponents such as Bernie Sanders and education economist Sue Dynarski have a long-term solution: free college.
They have a point. If we're going to burden the tax base to pay for the nation's college students through debt forgiveness, we might as well be more upfront about it. Just be prepared for the result. Free college will not only worsen the quality of American universities, currently the best in the world, and mean fewer resources for students, it would also be more regressive and would  deepen inequality compared with a system where students pay or take out debt.



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