For folks who cannot afford higher education, the risk that they will depend on government subsidies to live in the United States is more or less a reality. The amount of money our government would actually spend to provide free public tuition would be dwarfed by the number of middle-class taxpaying citizens higher public education would turn out. The B.A. is the new High School Diploma. The bigger picture states that it is more economically prosperous to educate our citizens than to prevent them from gaining the necessary knowledge and skills to participate in our labor force.