Should our nation provide us with no or low tuitions?

Essay by silverfox_006College, Undergraduate February 2004

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Tedious FASFA forms, long lines with no end at the Financial Aid office, bills to pay at Fiscal Services, starving college students! All for what? To graduate and be in debt when you start working. College education should be provided by our nation at a low or free cost. Our nation has enough money to purchase expensive weapons and programs in the name of "National Defense" but not enough for free college entrance. Free college education should've been solved two hundred eighteen years ago. Our founding fathers supported it, but none more like Thomas Jefferson. The Zook and Carnegie Commission, on several occasions, supported low or no tuition for public two-year colleges.

An educated society would equal an advanced culture, Jefferson knew this and on 1786 Thomas Jefferson wrote to his old mentor, Chancellor Wythe, written from Paris:

"If all the sovereigns of Europe were to set themselves to work, to emancipate the minds of their subjects from their present ignorance and prejudices...

a thousand years would not place them on that high ground, on which our common people are now setting out... I think by far the most important bill in our whole code, is that for the diffusion of knowledge among the people....Preach, my dear sir, a crusade against ignorance; establish and improve the law for educating the common people" (Thomas Jefferson, 60).

"A crusade against ignorance!" that was the crusade upon which so many of the founding fathers embarked, but none more boldly or more hopefully than Jefferson. "I have sworn upon the altar of God eternal hostility against every form of tyranny over the mind of man" (Thomas Jefferson, 69) he wrote to his friend Dr. Rush in eighteen hundred, and he kept his vow to the end. Jefferson wanted educate...