Dr. Jill Biden has been First Lady for less than a month, but she is already pushing policies that socialists would love.
Biden, who holds a doctoral degree in education from the University of Delaware, recently proposed a sweeping and expensive government program that would cost taxpayers billions by offering “free” community college
She spoke about it at an event:
“We have to get this done. And we have to do it now. That’s why we’re going to make sure that everyone has access to free community college and training programs,” Biden said in an event hosted by the Association of Community College Trustees and the American Association of Community Colleges.
Biden also promoted her big government program on Twitter on Wednesday.
“Everyone should have access to free community college,” she tweeted.
Everyone should have access to free community college.
— Jill Biden (@FLOTUS) February 10, 2021
The data gives a clear idea of how expensive this idea would be.
And, spoiler alert, there’s a hefty pricetag.
The cost of in-state tuition and out-of-state tuition for community college runs in the thousands per student, as reported by the USA Today:
Average annual tuition and fees at a community college cost $3,730 during the 2019-2020 academic year, compared to an average of $10,440 for in-state tuition and fees at a four-year public college, according to the American Association of Community Colleges.
According to Columbia, “in fall 2018, 5.6 million students were enrolled in public, two-year colleges. About 2 million were full-time students, and 3.6 million were part-time.”
Thus, the program would run into the tens of billions each year without even considering how the program would fuel demand for education, as well as lead to government competing against private and public four-year universities.
As detailed by Smart Asse, a financial blog, “free” community college could result in taxes being raised on many Americans.
Some critics of free college say it would be too expensive to implement. If the idea of raising taxes is a no-go with you you’re probably not a big fan of the free college idea. Some plans, such as the one Sen. Sanders proposed, would use a combination of federal and state funds to make public colleges tuition free.
But many states have been slashing their higher education budgets, so some critics question how the money would be raised to pay for free college.
Smart Asset also warns it could flood the market and lead to credential creep:
Some critics of the free college idea argue that it would lead to a flood of graduates with mediocre credentials all competing for a limited number of jobs. Then, these critics argue, committed workers would have to pursue some kind of graduate degree to stand out from the crowd. This would cost money, as well as leading to credential creep.
Don’t be fooled.
This policy would not “pay for itself.” The money would have to come from somewhere.
And with Democrats in power, they are not going to cut money from one place and use it for this.
Instead, they would likely have to raise taxes on many Americans — during a pandemic, which has devastated so many families — to pay for this.