According to National Center for Education Statistics, 31% of students out of high school do not attend college in America. Out of those, 23% dont go to college because they cannot afford it (NCES). 23% of 31% is 7.5%. Imagine looking at a group of 100 kindergarteners dreaming about becoming doctors, teachers or astronauts when they grow up, and picking out the 8 poorest kids and telling them that they can’t be those things because their parents don’t make enough money. That they can dream about working at Target, or mowing their classmates lawns. They will grow up knowing that in the end, those other 92 kids can be whatever they want to be when they grow up, but those 8 kids aren’t good enough to be a doctor, teacher or astronaut. To allow all kids to be whatever they want to be, to break the boundaries of social classes, to better the American people through education, to free our students of debt and overall strengthen our economy there needs to be a drastic change in our education system. Creating a system in the U.S for free community college will benefit American people both socially and economically.A better educated society could change America  in so many ways. Campus Ambassador from SUNY Oswego, Ilyssa Weiner talks about how depending on exactly what classes are taken in college people could learn better decision making in regards to a multitude of things to benefit their lives (Weiner). For example, students could learn to be better personally financed; live healthier lives including healthier diets or knowing the effects of drugs which could lead to less usage nationally; understanding when to believe news or information they hear from social media, the news, or politicians. Additionally, besides decision making, college prepares people for new work. Jobs are getting more and more knowledge based instead of physical labor based due to advancements in technology. Richard Eskow, senior fellow at the campaign for America’s future informs us, “By the end of this decade, 65 percent of all job openings will require an education or skills training beyond what any student receives in high school. In fact, 11 of the 15 fastest-growing occupations will require a postsecondary education”(Eskow). College prepares students for those kinds of jobs which are typically better pay and more realistic for our society. “The odds that a young person in the U.S. will be in higher education if his or her parents do not have an upper secondary education are just 29%—one of the lowest levels among OECD countries”(Eskow).  Also, 80% of children from high income families go to college compared to about 60% from both low income and middle income families (NCES).These statistics show that kids with parents who went to college, thus are likely higher income are more likely to go to college than kids with low income families and a lack of higher education. These trends lead to the calcification of social classes. Kids of low income are sometimes told that they aren’t able to go to college because of money. Kids should not be limited because of their parents lack of income. Kids need to be shown that their intelligence or ability is not defined by their social class and they should have the opportunity to attain a high level of education if they are willing to work for it, no matter who they are or where they come from. If public college became free for everyone then it would allow kids who grew up in a low income families, to get the education they need to get high paying jobs and move up social classes.College is extremely expensive and the impact of debt on students lives post college in immense. It puts their lives on hold and even though they have a college education, they don’t benefit from an increased salary compared to having no degree yet because of paying off their student loans. Jeffery Gitlen, contributor to, a website informing parents and students of financial aid and student loan policies states, 30% of graduates with loans move back in with their parents after graduation, 73% delay starting saving for retirement, 63% delay buying a home, 47% delay buying a car, 28% delay getting married and 36% delay starting a family (Gitlen). These are all things that you dream of being able to do after college. They are staples of adulthood and starting these things later in life can lead to less successful lives because it takes time to pay off houses and cars and it takes a lot of years to be able to retire. Also, things like getting married and starting a family are what many people need or want to be happy, and the delay of happiness due to student debt is not okay. College education should be free so that students aren’t suffocated by debt, and in turn can live more successful, happier lives.The cost to send every american child to have the option to go to college for free would be immense no doubt. It would be done in a number of ways, but one would definitely be from increasing taxes which any american wouldn’t be happy about. Andrew P Kelly, director of the Center on Higher Education Reform at the American Enterprise Institute aknowledges that The money would transfer from the student getting the education’s responsibility to every participating tax payer (Kelly). Many people think that it shouldn’t be their responsibility to send other peoples children through college and the sum of money required to keep this system afloat would be too much for American taxpayers to handle. The transition in to having a system with free college education for everyone in the U.S may be a hardship for American citizens and would be a big transition that would take years to perfect and get running smoothly. It will undoubtedly tax americans, specifically the rich, more to fund it, but there are also countless other ways to fund this system. Corporate tax loopholes for example, need to be closed and could contribute $1.24 trillion over the next 10 years per year if done successfully which could go towards this plan for free college (Eskow). Also, all the money put towards scholarships for private institutions that cost tens of thousands of dollars per year could be put towards this system instead of those more expensive schools. Also, In the end it will be worth the extra taxes because it will benefit our economy in the long run. “College-educated men in the U.S. earn an average of $675,000 more over the course of a lifetime than those with no upper secondary or higher education”(Eskow).The more money being spent in our economy, the stronger our economy is” (Eskow).  To increase the amount of money made by americans we should increase access to higher education by making community college free. In the long run this will have a positive impact on our economy. It would be a smart, economical investment for America to make. The college education system in the United States needs a total remodel. Creating a free education system is the best way to do this because our current public schools are too expensive for everyone in the U.S to go to and having a society where only the rich get opportunities is the opposite of what America is fundamentally about. The american dream requires anyone from any social class to have the same opportunities and creating a free college education system will reinstate this principal back in to America. This system will benefit the America people socially by educating more people and allowing people to live happier, more successful lives and increase fluidity to our social classes. Also, economically because in the end our economy will thrive because of the change and it will solve the student debt crisis occurring now. Free college education is also very attainable as proven by countless other countries in Europe.

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