Target: Speaker of the House John Boehner
Goal: Abolish tuition fees for higher education in the United States
Recently, Germany abolished tuition fees for higher education, allowing those who wanted to pursue a college education in the country to do so without paying a single cent. This new law also applies to international students. As many first-world countries are pushing for free higher education, it is time for the United States to follow suit. Education is a right and imposing ridiculous sums of money restricts this right and leaves the economy and its people severely crippled.
In 2006, Germany began charging tuition fees for all students pursuing higher education, and this new measure quickly grew unpopular. On average, undergraduate degrees cost $630 each semester and students were given various benefits as such discounted or free transportation. Many German states immediately dropped the fee as it proved to be extremely problematic to students and parents. In October 2014, Lower Saxony became the last state to drop tuition fees, thereby making Germany a nation that was tuition-free.
Access to free higher education is a staple in most European countries except for the United Kingdom, but the country is also seeing problems with imposing fees on its students. Because many students can’t pay back their student loans, the United Kingdom is accumulating debt much like the United States. In the United Kingdom, the average cost of a year of higher education is roughly $14,550. The student loan debt in the United States totals to $1.2 trillion, with the average college student racking up to $26, 600 when the student has graduated. This is an overwhelming amount of debt for a newly graduated student to be in.
As a first-world nation, we should not be strapping our college students with this ludicrous amount of debt. The United States needs to stop charging young adults to go to college and instead invest in their future. Society can advance through education, but society cannot advance if young adults are worried about paying back exhorbitant loans. Tell Speaker of the House John Boehner to invest in the future of our country by making the United States tuition free.
Dear Speaker of the House John Boehner,
Recently, Germany became a first-world country that abolished its tuition fees, allowing students to pursue higher education without paying a single cent. There are many other first-world countries that have followed this practice, but the United States has failed to follow suit. Worse, the United Kingdom, which in recent years removed the cap of tuition fees on its students, projects that the country will fall in debt soon because students cannot pay back their loans. America’s system is grossly flawed, and if this continues, only the rich and wealthy will be able to attend college.
Education is a human right, but crippling costs and loans are preventing many students from obtaining a degree. This system needs to change. I am writing this letter to demand for the immediate abolition of tuition fees in America. We need to invest in our future and the only way we can do this is through higher education.
[Your Name Here]
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