Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Universities rely on out-of-state students to pay significantly higher tuition, which helps subsidize in-state students.Subsides at public universities favor students from affluent families. In fact low income students are well represented at public four year universities. Even at the elite state universities they make up about 25 percent of the student body. “Low income students tend to pay lower tuition than their high-income peers, even at the same type of universities, because they receive tuition discounts and grant aid from their school. That increases the public subsidy they receive relative to their peers, even before accounting for federal grants and other direct aid. At the same time, high income students are much more likely to attend an out of state school, where tuition costs can be as much as three times the in state rate, effectively bringing their public subsidy to zero” ( Jason Delisle and Kim Dancy, brookings.edu, 2015).

The U.S. Department of education spends tens of billions of dollars a year on subsidies for higher education. The bulk of spending goes to student aid, with the balance going to grants for educational institutions. Federal Pell grants are more than $30 billion a year, and grants to colleges and universities are $2.5 billion a year. “Many federal subsidy programs re targets for widespread abuse because they are such large programs and are poorly administered. With college aid, there are over 40 million loans outstanding and more than 7,000 postsecondary institutions. The department of education has shown itself to be incapable of efficiently managing such a huge system” ( Chris Edwards and Neal McClusky, downsizinggovernment.com, 2015). Federal student aid is harmful in many ways. It drives up tuition costs, encourages bloat and efficiency, and is an unfair burden on taxpayers.

I think the funding should not stop. Many careers require higher education & most people can't pay to become what they want. If the U.S government wants more doctors, lawyers, and congressmen, college is important. I'm not saying the government is required to pay for students tuition but paying it helps underprivileged students. Besides tuition students has to pay for books, dorms, and food so the college gets money in many ways. This way of funding is how most people are able to pay for college. If this funding is taken away most people will not go to college and it will be less people having careers and more having jobs.


  1. With out help funding for college no one will be able to become a doctor or lawyer. They will all be in debt and on the streets. We are simply rewarding the hardworking people with cheaper education for staying in state. It is better to spend tax payer money on cuter workers than other wastes such as welfare.

  2. i disagree with you that the government should subsidize college. I don't think this helps poorer students because all subsidies do is cause the college to raise tuition. Poor students have the opportunity to apply for scholarships and get good grades. Creating subsidies for all hurts the university's and the students. Finally, that is why I disagree with you that college should be subsidized.

  3. I think that the funding should go to things that are more important. Trades today are far more valuable in day to day life then a specific surgeon who is only doing one or two important surgeries a day. When you consider the money trades also can potentially bring in, it is almost a no brainer. We should stop the funding completely and spend our tax money elsewhere


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