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The Campaign for "Free" College

shall Wrote: May 29, 2012 3:28 PM
I think you have that backwards, it is at the not-for-profit schools where the students are getting ripped off wasting years obtaining degrees with no marketable value, as well as the tax payers who pay for it all. But you are correct, the problem originates with the government subsidies, grants and loans. But the politicians get what they pay for . . . votes for pretending to care and spending other people's money.
westriversd Wrote: May 29, 2012 8:40 PM
Right, so maybe student loans should not be approved for underwater basket weaving, gender studies, black studies, etc.
wmou Wrote: May 29, 2012 5:07 PM
It is tough to get a decent education in many schools. However serious Colleges and Universities take great pride in certain Schools within the Univerities. Both private and public. Purdue turns out some of the best engineers in the world.
Many of these also offer frivolous to useless degrees.
A 18 year old can get just as much money from the feds no matter their degree.
Then there are overpriced for profit colleges that churn out degreed clerks.
Fed money goes to them also.
r111f Wrote: May 29, 2012 4:43 PM
Like a Degree in (($&()_%%()__+%(_%^% Studies, that qualifies you to DO APSOLUTLY NOTHING!!!!!!!
From the inbox over the weekend:

You all don't seem to understand that a Public Education in the University Systems of our country was (essentially) free until the early 1970's... Public universities are supposed to invest in intellectual capital. Period. In reality, it is subsidized...and should be.

The gold standard for the free postsecondary education model is pre-1970s California. The University of California system charged residents nothing for tuition before a series of reforms throughout the 1960s hiked fees to bring out-of-pocket costs in line with a lot of other systems throughout the country. As Anya Kamenetz...