In an journal article tiled "Fiscal Stress: Worldwide Trends In HIgher Education Finance," the author Hans Vossensteyn brings to light the increasing financial responsibility that is being placed on today's students when it comes to paying for their education at the collegiate level. There are arguments being made on both ends of the spectrum. The article states that some countries view education as a public service that the government should finance and offer to the public. Others feel that requiring the student to finance their own education will create a type of ownership and foster a more well rounded and disciplined student. I am of the opinion that education, especially in a wealthy nation such as the United States, should be made available to any and all individuals who have the knowhow and the drive to make a better life for themselves and their family.
Financially capable students should take on some of the financial load when it comes to their education. This begs the question. What about those who cannot afford college? Their are many individuals who are just as talented, if not more talented than their affluent counterparts, who simply lack the means to display this.
Can this country afford to lose out on the next great doctor, mathematician, professor in an effort to alleviate a finical strain that could potentially offer a great return on its investment?