I have long had an idea that all students should be able to attend college if they want. I think we need a type of universal service similar to the draft from years ago. In my plan, anyone could receive a loan to attend college based on financial need, not merit. Of course, they would have to maintain some level of performance like a B or C average. The loan would cover all costs. I helped to put two of my children through college, so I know how expensive it can be. Scholarships help, but room and board can also be very expensive. I have also witnessed the hardship caused by trying to pay back the loans after graduation. Under my plan, upon graduation, the students would have payback options:
1. Pay back the loan in full or over time like a regular college loan.
2. Serve in the military for a set number of years (similar to ROTC). This could include the Peace Corps. After a term of service, the loan would be considered paid. The military already has a good college savings program for soldiers.
3. Service the US government. For example, if there is a need for a teacher in Alaska, or Guam, or wherever, the graduate would serve for a set number of years for a set salary. It would include teaching or working in urban schools-wherever we need people. It might even include fighting wildfires, floods, and disaster relief working for FEMA. Again, after a set term of service, the loans would be considered paid.
It will be interesting to see how the Supreme Court rules on this case.