Education should be free

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Submitted: March 25, 2019

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I will always find it sad how there are so many people that can't get a degree, just because they don't have the money. That's very true in many western countries as well, like the US or Canada. Canada, well, I'm more disappointed in them, but that's because Canada is a great country. It's kind of like the Nordics, and a lot more better than the US in many ways.

I feel like the fact that getting a college degree in the US is so expencive, is a shitty thing, that many people in the government don't realize, just because they most likely have a degree. In most cases, it costs thousands of dollars in a year to go to college. The chances are, parents save for it for years, and in case you come from a poor family, your possibilities to get an education shrink.

I personally just sent out my university applications yesterday. I'm actually quite excited to go to a university, although chancer are I won't get in this year. I don't mind, as it will be easier to apply in Finland next year, and I kind of want to take a gap year. The problem here is, if you get into a university, you have to take the spot, and you can't save it for the next year like you used to be able to do. This sucks, because a lot of people want to do something else, and your only excuses not to go and study, are being pregnant or very ill, or joining the military. I would love to do that, but I can's. Bone spurs, you know. (Just kidding, those don't disqualify you here)

If the education cost something, I'd have no possibilities to get a degree. Thankfully, everyone in Finland is allowed one free university or university of applied sciences education. If you want to get a second degree in a different field, it costs about 500 euros to do so. Students are well supported here, because they are most likely poor. The government gives you some money, a housing benefit, and a student benefit. Those hardly cover your spending, especially if you live in Helsinki, where living is very expencive. Most people get a student loan, and that's the best thing ever, since a bank is required to give you one, no matter who you are, and you have about 30 years to pay for it. The interest rate is very small, and you don't have to pay it while you study. The government will take care of some of the loan, so you just live off some of that money. The best thing though, is that if you graduate on time, you get 33 % of the loan forgiven, and never have to pay it back. 

Even then, most students have to do a part-time job and live off canned tuna and Ramen noodles. Money is tight, and we don't even have to pay for the education. The United States could give more money to support higher education, and make it free for everyone. If smaller countries do it, and students get a bunch of money for living as well, then the US could do it. Besides, they should think of it as an investement. If the people are well educated, they are most likely to get a job and survive in life, and also, pay taxes. It would get people out of poverty, and that would help the overall economy in the country. Education should be a right, not a privilege for people with money.


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