Education is one of the most important human necessities. It is the best inheritance or empowerment that you can receive from your parents or the government. The main constraint of acquiring education is finance. Many people are unable to access college education. Even with your academic capabilities, you either need a scholarship or a family with a financial muscle. However, its new day in San Francisco where residents will start receiving college education for free starting next fall.
San Fransisco, a city in California has decided to remove financial burden from their local students. Mayor Lee said that $5.4 million will be set aside every year to cover student fees. This is based on a partnership with City College of Fransisco. This will be the first place in the nation to offer residents with free college tuition.
According to Jeffrey Hamilton, the City College Spokesman, every year, the city college will allocate $2.1 of the total amount for credit classes. This will benefit residents of California who lived lived in San Fransisco for more than a year. This amount will cover up to 45,000 credits where each credit costs $46. Varying course loads have made the number of beneficiaries to be uncertain until registration closes. The remaining $3.3 million will cater for books, transportation, and supplies. This amount will also cover for health fees of low income students with BOG tuition waivers.
Hamilton asserted that the program will benefit nearly up to 30,000 students but the exact number of students to be enrolled is still unknown. According to him this is a great commitment by the city which will empower the community. College attendance will allow residents to acquire knowledge and skills necessary to make their lives better. Lee indicated that its a great investment the local youth, the city and its future.
San Fransisco’s mayor, Mr. Lee has been inspired by concept of free college by Sen.Bernie Sander’s 2016 campaign for president. The idea for free tuition has become more popular nationwide and within states. Many states have also established free tuition programs. Most of them came after Obama’s push for free education in 2015. Areas like Kentucky, Tennessee, Minnesota and Oregon have put in place last-dollar scholarship programs. These are meant to cover fee balances after federal and state funding, subject to some requirements.
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The free tuition college announcement made by Lee is very different. This program allows people of all age to enroll. Beneficieries don’t need to meet income requirements. Another exceptional program has been proposed by Gov.Andrew Cuomo of New York. He has proposed free tuition for city and well as community college among residents from households which earn less than $125,000 a year.
A similar proposal was also put forward in Rhode Island by Gov.Gina Raimondo. She proposed a two year free tutoring in state colleges. This will benefit first two years college students and remaining two years for students enrolled to four-year institutions. There are no income requirements in her plan. Tennessee’s Governor, Bill Halsem has suggested expanding the current free tuition program by including fresh high school graduates and adults.
Many individuals have hailed the plans for free college tuition. Proposed programs only need legislative approval. Sanders has applauded New York’s plan and say’s its the model of the nation. San Fransisco’s City College is also proud of the city’s initiative which will see their enrollment increase. According to San Francisco Chronicle the college’s enrollment has been declining since 2012.
This program has also attracted many critics who are afraid of the wealthy receiving unnecessary handouts. Also, needy students with existing financial assistance may acquire duplicate programs. Private institutions are also worried about enrollment after community and city colleges start offering free tuition.
A country is as prosperous as its skilled and knowledgeable citizens. We need free college education to empower those high school graduates from low income families. The elderly also need to acquire new information. When it comes to budgetary allocation by cities and states, education needs to be at the top of the list. Mayor Ed Lee announcement shows hope for the city and its future. Also, other free tuition programs proposed in New York, Minnesota, Rhode Island and Tennessee serve as examples to other cities and states. We are eager to see more states adopt this initiative as the legislature approves these programs.…