Free college?

Erika Villarreal, Staff Writer

On January 20, President Obama’s State of the Union Address stated some of the propositions for the year of 2015.

In his speech Obama proposed the idea of free community college and it’s need in America; “And yet, we still live in a country where too many bright striving Americans are priced out of the education they need. It’s not fair to them, and it’s sure not smart for our future. That’s why I’m sending this Congress a bold new plan to lower the cost of community college — to zero.”

Such a proposition may sound “too good to be true”, and this plan has its major critics. Many speculated that this would be impossible to pass with our Republican caucus in Congress. Even though the plan is still in its early stages, there will definitely be major changes to the proposition if its going to be approved.

However, that is only if enacted. There is no doubt that the opportunity to enter a community college for free would almost be like a dream come true for many students here in Ontario.

As the Christian Science Monitor states, “The White House has yet to release a price tag for the program. It’s sure to be a big one: Community college tuition relief could save up to 9 million students some $3,800 each in tuition costs.” “Higher education is correlated with lifestyle changes that end up costing society less for health costs, crime, and unemployment.” This opportunity would not be open to anyone; in order to qualify, you must be attending at least half-time and maintaining a 2.5 G.P.A.

As U.S history teacher Vincent Mangione comments, “I think it could impact our community greatly because I do hear every year that people say college is too expensive and I think this would be a good opportunity for those students… I am fully willing to pay extra in taxes to give students an opportunity because I know it’s not easy. ”

As this idea continues to circulate, we should not get our hopes too high it is not likely that this bill will be enacted the way it was proposed. A miracle would have to happen in order for Congress to pass this in its complete originality.