The subject of free college has been a controversial matter in America for a considerable duration of time. While some people support free college, others vehemently oppose it because nothing is free and someone always ends up footing the bill in one way or the other. Left leaning Americans have a tendency to ignore this fact because it clashes with their unrealistic utopia of equality and fairness for all.
However, according to Bustle, Rhode Island is the fourth state to provide what has been presented as free community college to impressionable young people. In past times, students who wanted to attend community college in Rhode Island were required to pay a sum of $2,074 each semester to cover tuition charges, but this requirement is now defunct.
While Rhode Island students may jump for joy at the notion of free community college, there are a few critical mandates they must follow in order to qualify for waived tuition fees. Students who benefit from Rhode Island’s free community college are obligated to find employment in the state, take classes full time, and retain a 2.5 grade point average.
Despite talking points from liberals, nothing is ever free. Products and services that come with the illusion of zero cost almost always have undesirable strings attached. Another point which has gone over many heads is the fact that “free” college is not meant to benefit the students. The ulterior motive is always presented under the guise of compassion and generosity. By mandating students to remain and work in the state for the duration of the endowment granted by the Promise Scholarship, Rhode Island is craftily attempting to fix their state’s mounting plight of unemployment. Many naive students will undoubtedly take the bait.
According to CNN Money, the state of Rhode Island predicts that the amount of community college attendees will increase by a minimum of 200 due to the waived fees. The free tuition will allow for community college students to pursue an associates degree, so long as they follow the aforementioned obligations.
Rhode Island understandably wants to fix their stagnant employment numbers, but requiring young people to remain in the state (and possibly miss out on life changing opportunities outside of Rhode Island) as a result of using the Promise Scholarship is wrong. Only time will tell whether or not young people view free community college as worthy of being beholden to the state of Rhode Island for years to come.