(Michigan's Governor) is asking the GOP-led Legislature to swiftly authorize tuition-free community college or technical training for nontraditional students — those 25 and older without an associate's or bachelor's degree. Source
"Free" tuition is a cornerstone issue for progressives. What is there not to like?
I can think of a few things.
Any time you have carve-outs you create winners and losers.
Why would anybody enter into a community college or go into technical training at age 23 or 24? If they wait just a little while they can go for free!
Two things will happen because of that. Some will put their lives on hold and become life-time slackers. Others will tread water for one, two or more years and enter college only to learn that they are not college material.
Time value of money suggests that this will be extremely expensive for them. They pissed away years of their lives.
Another group of people who will be gouged are those who matriculated with worthless four year degrees. Shouldn't they have a shot at lucrative technical degrees? It is not as if $40k in student loans and a BA in Dance Science gave them anything salable.
Wouldn't it be better to target tech ed programs (where the jobs are). Invest the money in facilities and to lower lab fees (Kubota paid over $200 in lab fees for a welding class due to the materials consumed) so more people can afford to go regardless of whether they are "left behinds" or not?
As for "free tuition" community college, do we really need more students with degrees in psychology? It is a safe bet that 9% of the students tapping "free tuition" will be in psychology and social sciences programs.
And it is not "free", at least not to the tax payers. It is expensive. And if students don't care enough to put some of their own skin in the game then I don't see why I should have to pay
Raising taxes, spending more money for feel-good programs that hurt the recipients. No wonder progressives love "free" tuition.