By: Marty Salman
With elections coming up and so much controversy over immigration and debt, students, especially seniors, can’t help but wonder what affects us directly. Probably the most pressing issue for high school seniors is the fact that the price of college tuition is going through the roof.
According to CollegeBoard.org, “In the public four-year sector, the increase in published tuition and fees from $2,810 (in 2014 dollars) in 1984-85 to $9,139 in 2014-15 is an increase of 225%, or 4.0% per year over 30 years.”
However, only two candidates have offered up suggestions on lowering college expenses: Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders. Mrs. Clinton has been popular and well known for a few years, but Mr. Sanders is slowly coming into his own spotlight.
Clinton’s idea is complicated and requires $350 billion over the course of 10 years, which could dig us even deeper into our hole of national debt. She says that with the help of $175 million dollars, each state would make budget cuts and direct spending to cover tuition. This could cause more harm than help, however, and most other politicians and reporters such as Stephen Moore and Mark Cuban have little faith that this plan could work.
Republican Mark Cuban says that Clinton’s idea “stands a better chance of increasing the amount of money students owe than decreasing it.”
The Washington Times’ Stephen Moore claims “Hillary’s plan would only make the crisis worse by having the taxpayers foot even a larger share of the cost of tuition”.
Both agree that this is a risky move, but Bernie Sanders hasn’t offered an alternative plan. His idea is simple, but could have just as bad an effect as Clinton’s. He proposes to make 4 year college free for all, and while it seems easy enough, it doesn’t guarantee that free college will have the same quality as paid college. If colleges aren’t given proper funding, they could lose teachers and technology, along with not being able to pay staff properly.
These two both have good ideas on lowering college prices, although they do need work, but no candidate is perfect. Except for Deez Nuts.
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