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Nessie:"The US has a tiered university system. It is easy to provide higher admission requirements for some schools than for others."

As CCNY found out, that is not the case. Once you have 'free college for all', 'all' will demand they get admitted to higher ranking colleges.

YOu must not have read the article, right?

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Nessie:" In fact, that is exactly what we have."

Now! In most cases the community colleges are excellent choices. Those most qualified now easily get scholarship aid, grants, and yes, loans....... You can be from a single mother, ultra low income home, and if you get 1300s on your SATs, you can get a lot of aid

On the other hand, lots of middling students SHOULD be going to community college.

Here, the local community college has a program where you go two years there, and then can transfer all your credits to the 4 year Univ of Texas colleges. At about 1/3rd the cost of going to the U itself. Of course, you'll commute to the community college. So what? You want the education or the 'college experience' living on a big campus?

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Nessie:" Schools can develop admissions requirements that are not good indicators of college performance and many have in the past."

CCNY was overwhelmed and tried to 'accept anyone who applied'. Didn't work. And the pressure to accept marginal students after the 'free' starts is going to sink just about every college.

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Nessie:"Typically, all they have to do is make adjustments to fix that."

Nope. YOu have to retain your standards or it's downhill from there.

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Nessie:"Many of the most elitist schools accept students based more on family wealth and past alumni than based on any kind of scholastic metrics."

A few percent at most. So? Universities need money. You donate money for a new science center or this or that to the tune of tens of millions, yeah, you'll get a preference. However, it the kid can't hack it, the kid will flunk out.

I'm sure the Kennedy kids all were very prepared for their years at Harvard after attending private schools their entire high school life.

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Nessie:" Top ranking state schools tend to have higher requirements than other schools in the same state system. And most states offer 2-year junior college or trade schools that have much less difficult requirements."

Yes, we already have a system that works.

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A side note. My neighbor had 3 kids. Each one went to UTD (University of TX Dallas) for their undergrad degree. Each kid commuted and worked 20+ hours a week. They graduated debt free. Their last years, they got a work study program with bio-tech/medical firms. THose firms paid their way through graduate school and medical school with work study programs.

ALL THREE OF THEM. One after another. Those kids worked their butts off, and graduated from top TX schools debt free. My neighbor had very little income while his kids were in college....enough to afford the books and some of the tuition, with help from the kids working in fast food the first couple years.

I know it can be done. Still.

The more money to fed sloshes out, the higher education costs will go. Up up and up until it's $100,000 'tuition' paid for by, gulp, taxpayers! For everyone.

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