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Diaz 1 Laura Diaz ENC 1102 Professor Wehr 5 November 2016 Is it Really Free?  Today’s college experience could either make you or break you. The average college  tuition cost in the United States of America is 32,405 for pirate colleges, 9,410 for in-state public colleges and about 23,893 for out-of-state public colleges. To put this into perspective, your  regular college students does not have a job so the annual income is $0 and if they have a part  time job which the average pay is $8 their annual income would be around $8,000. That money  doesn’t even cover in-state tuition, with this in mind I still don’t believe that our college  education should be free. Many talk about raising taxes so that the extra money could cover for  tuition, yet if the students aren’t paying then who is? You want the community to have a more  expensive life in order to have free education? These are the questions I ask myself while reading all the view points on this topic. After doing some research and coming up with my own  conclusion I believe that college education should be paid for. College education should not be  free because people could take their education for granted. While researching about different opinions on my topic, I came across an article  from the New York Times. Andrew P. Kelly talked about the consequences of rising  taxes to eliminate college fees. It mainly focuses on all the reason raising taxes is not the 
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Diaz 2 best way or the correct way to change the cost of education. He makes a great point by  saying “First, free college isn’t free, it simply shifts costs from students to taxpayers and  caps tuition at zero”. Yes, college students will not be taking out loans or accepting  grants, yet the community will have to pay extra just to buy some groceries. Then he  talks about taxes only covering for tuition and not being able to cover for all college  students around the country. What if taxes can’t cover all the costs? Yes, we can raise  them, yet will it be enough money for all college students? After reading about Bernie Sander’s master idea of raising taxes to cover for tuition, I  immediately saw all the wrongs. In his great plan tax payers wouldn’t mind having to spend  extra money on their groceries or their personal expenses to pay for someone else’s’ education. I 
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