Talons Philosophy

An Open Online Highschool Philosophy Course


The Problem With Free Tuition- Natalie Galbraith

“The Problem Is That Free College Isn’t Free”

The article I chose for this assignment is arguing against free college tuition for students using these main points:

  • “Free college” isn’t actually free, it just shifts the cost from students to taxpayers which limits the college spending to what ever taxpayers are willing to pay.
  • Free college will increase enrolments causing the taxes to increase and continuously grow over time.  Eventually these costs will not be able to cover all resources forcing the schools to compromise the quality of their offerings.
  • Free college plans assume that tuition prices are the main obstacle to student success, looking past problems of educational quality and college readiness.

A national push for tuition-free college would strain public budgets even further, leading to shortages rather than increased access.

Truth, Validity, and Soundness: This article has truth and validity as it is not only factually correct, but it gives specific examples of colleges and places free tuition has been attempted at showing the validity of the authors argument.  The truth and validity of this article also makes it a sound argument.


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