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September 19, 2016 // By Scott Deuty
Scott Deuty proposes that college education should be free at the point of use and paid for by a tax on corporations that benefit from a well-educated and skilled work force.

It’s that time of year where students return to school and to be honest, I’m still miffed at the costs associated with college. It impacted me 35 years ago when I first attended and it bothers me to this day as I watch my children and the offspring of others pay fee after fee just to attend. In order to boost society, education should be free, period. The only time you should pay is if you quit or flunk out as you have wasted the opportunity. This would help students to choose their major wisely.

Engineering school costs from one source are quoted as, “The yearly expenses associated with tuition, fees, books, supplies, room and board can range anywhere from $13,000 to more than $60,000 depending on where you go to school.” That means an education could set you back a quarter mil after four years.

Scott Deuty

Like it or not, advanced education is a lucrative industry. The money is made from student attendance as well as on the backs of students. Graduate students are one of the highest forms of slave labor in this country. Tuition, fees, books; all are a continuous treadmill of costs that never subside. Then there are the other “fees” such as parking, activities, etc. The convenience of on-campus meals are offset by unreasonable prices as well as subpar food. A semester of consuming this often results in declining health and weight gain. Couple that with the stress and it’s no wonder why so many people get ill in modern society.

Although the internet has freed up education considerably in terms of access, it also creates more ways to charge students. Not only are they charged to access books, homework, and courses online, they are left with paying for the printing costs. So much for electronic media lowering costs and reducing paper usage.

Most of these fees are unnecessary. This is especially true at