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No Free Lunch



by Mike Anagnostakis

Economist Milton Friedman said “There’s no such thing as a free lunch.” Yet, last week, our governor introduced his Free College Tuition Plan.

Like others I know who attended college, I paid tuition with a combination of work/study, scholarships, grants, loans and family assistance. Nobody I know got “free” tuition paid entirely by others.

To be clear, increasing opportunities for higher education is a worthy goal. It could be accomplished by: enhancing work/study availability; creating private/public sector scholarships in high-demand fields; and initiating zero-interest state loans to be repaid upon employment.

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