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Poll: Voters Oppose Free College, Loan Forgiveness

MAY 3, 2019

A new Quinnipiac University poll finds that 52 percent of voters oppose making all public colleges free in the United States.  Only 45 percent support free public college.  Fifty-four percent of voters oppose and 41 percent of voters support free public college even if it is paid for by a new tax on wealthy individuals.  Senator Elizabeth Warren has proposed offering up to $50,000 in student loan forgiveness to borrowers with a household income income of up to $100,000.  However, fifty-two percent of voters said they would oppose a loan forgiveness plan if it were paid for by a new tax on the wealthy, according to the poll.

While I am a strong proponent of Title IV federal  and state financial aid programs based upon need and even merit for students to attend public and private colleges and universities, there has to be a limit in terms of what we can expect the government to pay.  What about hard work and personal financial responsibility?  Furthermore, how would such a generous higher education proposal be funded?  It appears to me as if recent proposals for free college education are simply political rhetoric during the election season to garner votes.  

Larry J. McKinney
Higher Education Consultant 

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