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Free Education for All
In today’s America, the college education has increasingly become expensive despite
many attempts to lower the cost. Our founding father Abraham Lincoln, signed into law the Land
Grant College Act, laying the groundwork for the education system that is accessible and
affordable to all Americans. However, the current cost of college education has been on the rise
for the last 45 years. Abraham Lincoln’s enactment notwithstanding, the education system is
becoming more complex for students from low-income backgrounds who face an uphill task in
raising adequate funds for the college fee. In her article, Keith Ellison a US representative for
Minnesota Fifth Congressional District highlights that the cost of college education has risen by
1,200% more since 1978. At the same time, student debt from educational grants is the biggest
single most form of debt owed by Americans. These hefty debts compounded with hiked tuition
fees leaves most students starting off their life already stuck in debts. Hundred and fifty years are
gone since Abraham Lincoln made the pledge. It is the right time to make education free for all
I chose to write on this as it has a direct impact on my college education. Just before
college, I was enthusiastic about taking on my degree program and living my college life.
Unfortunately, private education was very expensive and I had no scholarship to sign up for.
Also, I did not meet the requirement to complete my education at public University. I found no
other option but to go towards another career path that did not require a college degree. I was
offered some help from one o...