With the increasing emphasis of the importance of education in America, it has evolved tremendously over the years. During the 1800s the start of an industrial revolution occured, and child labor was not an unusual thing, so many children worked in factories and did not go to school. This would be a relatively abnormal thing to see occur today because of how important Americans currently consider education. Another educational advancement was in the 1800s, when women were allowed to go to college, and the first black child went to the same school as white children in 1960. Today American laws require that each and every child should have an equal opportunity to an education. These laws are purposeful in many ways by ensuring that all groups of people, including all minority groups as well as people with disabilities, should all receive a quality education. Although this law has significance, it only applies to students from kindergarten up to the twelfth grade. But after high school senior year, education doesn’t stop for many. Many students do go on to college and receive a college degree which is necessary for many job titles. Education has made some great advancements throughout history and it should continue to advance and give every student equal opportunities throughout all their years of education.Homeless students Because college tuition prices can be very expensive, money has stopped many people from being able to pursue further education after high school. There is a common saying that it takes money to make money, so how are Americans who are considered poor supposed to escape their poverty? Minimum wage is barely enough money for people to live off of, let alone get a college education, and it can be seem impossible for one to move into a higher paying job when many of them do require a college degree of some sort. Amy Dunning is case manager with the YWCA and she helps disenfranchised women find housing, employment, and also helps further their education. In Dunning’s article “Homeless Youth and Higher Education,” she found that “over 58,000 students identified as homeless on the 2013 Free Application for Federal Student Aid.” Dunnings findings suggest two of the three main causes of the homelessness found in college students are due to financial conflicts, such as parental job loss, or the lack of affordable housing. (Dunning, 2018Many students do not go to CollegeData found by the United States Department of Labor suggests that it is possible that certain minority groups are more susceptible to not go to a college of sometype. In the year of 2015, 71.1 percent of caucasian graduates were enrolled in college, as well as 83 percent of Asians, 68.9 of Hispanics, and 54.6 African American graduates. (United States Department of Labor, 2017, chart 1) It can be debated if because of these reasons, college results in repression of certain racial groups.College debtCollege debt is a big problem that many people have to deal with due to unreasonably high college prices. It is unbelievable the amount of debt that follows the average person due to college. And the numbers throughout the nation are extremely high. Even for Americans not currently in poverty, college tuition prices are higher than many can afford and taking out student loans leave many people in debt. According to journalist, Drew Cloud, over 31 thousand dollars are borrowed by college students on average, resulting in 1.41 trillion dollars of national student loan debt. (Cloud, 2017, para. 4)Possible solutionsOne possible solution to this could be making tuition free for all colleges. This would benefit college students by extinguishing college debt and giving everybody the same chance to get a higher education. Although this would help to solve the affordability problem it might not necessarily be a very realistic solution because it doesn’t necessarily make college “free” because somebody would have to pay for it even if it is free to college students, and this would dramatically increase taxes. However, if the American government only funds tuition for some colleges, it would most likely be lower quality colleges, not fully solving the problem, because the wealthy will still have better opportunities by being able to afford a better school, but would it be possible for the government to fully cover tuition for all colleges? The author of NPRs “Here’s The Fine Print On The Country’s Biggest-Ever Free College Plan,”Anya Kamenetz explains that there is a New York bill that covers half of the cost for attending college at two and four-year colleges, covering 64 campuses and 1.3 million full-time students. “It’s a big step forward in a national trend” Kamenets claims. “And the idea got plenty of airing in last year’s presidential election, when it was championed first by Sanders and then Hillary Clinton.”(Kamenetz, 2017, para. 4) ¬†However the problem with this plan is that it only benefits people who live in New-York and they must continue to live in New York in order to show the taxes paid are benefitting the state, and higher-income New Yorkers achieve more benefit from this plan as opposed to people with lower-incomes. Since the real problem is the unequal education opportunities for Americans, it wouldn’t make much sense to provide even more benefits to those who are in less need of financial aid.For some Americans there is the option of an income-based repayment system for student loans. Some college graduates can have the repayment of their student loans tied to a certain percentage of the money they make. And if their income is below a certain amount, they will not be required to pay the loans off. And if they keep up with their payments for 20 to 25 years, whatever is left on their loans is eradicated. The problem with this plan is that at this time, this opportunity is only available to Americans with lower incomes as long as it can be verified that they are facing financial troubles. But what if the income-based repayment system could be accessible to every American college student? Anybody would be able to attend any college university without having to worry about tuition prices while enrolled, and then all graduates would only have to pay an inexpensive percentage of what they earned, or if they receive a low income they would not be required to pay off the loan until their income increases.Perhaps some kind of middle ground exists. Maybe making public colleges free for everyone isn’t the best way to solve the affordability problem. At least, that’s what some people believe. They point out that other options have been shown to work well and that those options might be a lot less expensive for American taxpayers.ConclusionFree college tuition for Americans could have both private and public benefit, meaning this could possibly benefit the entire nation, not just college students alone, because better educated Americans would better contribute to the economy. With free education, more Americans would be able to acquire the necessary qualifications for certain workfields, which would mean more people could earn higher paying jobs that often go unfilled. People would have more freedom to live up to their full potential by contributing their skills, and attaining the lives they want. That could lead to happier people. And more successful people could lead to a flourishing economy as a whole, and since people tend to spend more money when they have higher incomes and little or no debt, free college tuition could help circulate more money throughout the economy benefiting all people within society.