Tuition? I Think Not.


Anaya Chambers, Writer

I’m pretty sure that we all know someone in our life that is either working through high school, saving up for college, or stressing about their grades and ACT scores. They want their college either partially paid for or a full ride, so they work all they can. Most of our parents have been paying off their student loans since way before we were born, and have been working and saving money so we don’t have to go through the same thing. There is now a possibility that we won’t have to deal with student loans and debt after we graduate college and begin our careers. Massachusetts senator Elizabeth Warren wants to cancel student debt and end tuition.

Although most of the younger generation is appreciative of Warren’s efforts, some of those who have previously finished paying their college debt are not as happy about the proposal. They think the proposal unfair to those who have struggled with debt and financial troubles through college, which is absurd to think about! Why should we ignore an opportunity for our children and grandchildren to work towards their careers almost stress-free? It doesn’t make any sense to cause unnecessary stress for students strictly due to the fact that older generations experienced it as well. That’s like saying that since Americans in the ‘50s were diagnosed with Polio, Generation Z should as well. I sound crazy, don’t I?

And yes, I do understand that life lessons can be taught to those who struggle, but they can also be taught to those who do not. It is not necessary to struggle. The majority of the high school graduates who do not move on to college have the potential to go on and do great things later in life, but are stopped and forced to work in fast food restaurants because college, in general, is too expensive. Even if not forced to work in fast food restaurants, most have to overcome obstacles to even get to their dream job. We’ve all heard of taking breaks in the path of education to save up enough money to pay for books and tuition for only a semester. We’ve all also heard of the shortage for nurses and teachers, haven’t we? Now think about the possibility that those shortages could be filled by the workers you see working retail or in the food industry. Think about all the waitresses in our country that grew up wishing to be nurses or doctors but couldn’t.

Bob Jones junior Maddy Moe stated, “I feel like it would be a great chance for students to have an equal opportunity for college education and to have more freedom over a choice of what school they want to go to.”

I get that some are worried about how we as a country would pay for it and how things would change if this policy was authorized. The fact that many wealthy families are opposed to Warren’s proposed policy is due to the increased tax on the wealthy population that would be put in place to make up for the lack of revenue through tuition. You can bring up all the supposed benefits of the struggles college students face and the experience that our older generation of graduates have, but I will continue to ignore it. I’m all for a solution that works for everyone.