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How is Free College Working Out in Europe?

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College libraryby Mary Clare Amselem, The Washington Times

Free college sounds great! Who doesn’t like free stuff?

To make the idea sound even more appealing, advocates continuously cite Europe as an example of success. Many European countries offer their citizens tuition-free higher education, so why can’t America?

The truth is that free college in Europe is no success story. Rather, it should serve as a cautionary tale for the United States.

European-style tuition-free higher education has proved one thing beyond the shadow of a doubt: “Free” college is actually wildly expensive.

Americans already pay a steep price for our higher education system. Taxpayers — including those who never went to college and never intend to — spend over $150 billion a year on federal student loans, grants, and other government programs.

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