David Willetts is the new universities minister of the Cameron/Clegg government which has assume power in the United Kingdom. He warned students the cost of their university education has become “a burden on the taxpayer that has to be attacked” and students should grasp paying additional tuition was a “responsibility.” One assumes the responsibility is to their nation which so graciously allowed them to accumulate debt. Aaron Porter of the National Union of Students estimates a typical student graduates with a debt of about $45,000. Willetts is concerned that graduates do not have to begin paying off debts until they are earning about $30,000 a year. It is clear the new Cameron government will add some castor oil to students in the form of higher tuition payments.
During the Depression of the 1930s when one-fourth of the American workforce did not have a job and the economy was in ruins, New York City had four FREE colleges and many other cities also offered poor students a chance to obtain a college degree without spending money on tuition. Some today mighty argue living expenses are higher and professors require higher salaries and overhead has risen due to the need for hundreds of administrators, but one might question how can colleges reduce expenses instead of raising tuition? Why could colleges be free when economic conditions were much worse than today?
Here is a common sense alternative to the issue of tuition:
Offer students an option of no tuition in exchange for them paying 1% of their annual income in return for securing a free education.