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If Bernie gets his Free Tuition, how much value will a college degree have and what will happen to salaries of college grads moving forward?

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  • 1 month ago

    Keep in mind that tuition represents a small portion of actual college costs - especially at publicly funded institutions where the state legislature usually controls (to some extent or another) the tuition charges.  Many students receive state grants that already cover the cost of tuition. 

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  • Mike
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    1 month ago

    We in the US overstress the importance of  a bachelor's degree for everyone. That's the educational equivalent of Procrustes' bed. WEB Dubois said college should be the goal of 10% of the population. In some European countries, children are tested to determine their aptitudes and abilities and are pointed to appropriate educational facilities where their strengths can be maximized for the good of the whole society. I once had the brakes on my car fail. Back at the garage, the owner checked and found one of the mechanics had put steering fluid where he should have put brake fluid. That probably wouldn't have happened in Germany where the education of mechanics is pretty rigorous.The mechanic would not have needed or profited by an education in the classics. If taking purely academic courses had been a prerequisite to graduating from school, he might have dropped out because he saw no need to apply himself to a useless course. Scratch one potential trained mechanic. We need more of them.

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  • oikoσ
    Lv 7
    1 month ago

    It will allow more students to apply for college, allowing the colleges to raise their academic standards. The value of a degree will go up and the gap between public and private colleges will lessen. Salaries should rise based on that. Countering that rise will be the proliferation of public colleges, increasing the supply of their graduates.

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  • 1 month ago

    Most people that drop out of college don't do it because of lack of financial resources. (Sure, there are some) but because they don't have the ability or desire to handle the academics needed to succeed.

    From that stand point, I would say that the effect is minimal. . 11 states already have free tuition programs in place.

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  • Susie
    Lv 7
    1 month ago

    First, it’s not free, and there won’t be enough jobs to go around. It’s simply a big tax grab.   Dems like to use Denmark as an example. Their tax rate now is above 60%.  AND you must study whatever job openings the government thinks will be available when you graduate and which ones they think you are capable of doing.  There is no such thing as a liberal arts degree in Denmark, one doesn’t have free choice.  Furthermore,  Denmark has closed 25% of their government hospitals in the last decade due to funding.  Residents are losing confidence in their healthcare system and even medical decisions  and are buying private insurance and seeing private Drs (if they can afford it).  Socialism works for awhile especially in smaller countries, but it’s not viable long term.  It keeps taking more and more tax money just to provide the same care,  then the care starts deteriorating.  

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  • Anonymous
    1 month ago

    All those deadbeats and professional activists with degrees in Marxist theory or racial or gender studies will be teaching subjects they know nothing about, lecturing their mathematics classes about the evils of mythical "white privilege" and traditional society. An indoctrination degree from the "free" program will be worth as much in the real world as it charges for tuition.

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  • Hockey
    Lv 6
    1 month ago

    It will mean more Gender Studies graduates. Boy, will that ruin the job market for them.

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