Society reaps rewards if higher education is widely available

Published: Saturday, Nov. 23, 2013 - 7:10 am

Re "Cut free rides at UC" (Letters, Nov. 21): The prosperity, vitality and innovative progress of a country depends upon the education of its citizens. Letter writer Richard Rider would reduce the number of those able to attend the University of California and, presumably, other colleges and universities by requiring them to pay more tuition and user fees. He writes: "Too many UC students get a free ride. The poor and many middle-class students don't pay enough tuition and fees." His philosophy would prevent many poor but deserving students from attending a UC campus and saddle middle-class students with even more student loan debt, which will plague decades afer graduation. The government should provide virtually free college education to deserving students as it did with the GI Bill, which allowed us to enter an era of unprecedented prosperity.

-- Victor M. Corbett, Chico

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