Making public school free would mean private colleges would need to lower their prices in order to still be a competitive option. I'd like to see the cost of private colleges be reduced, because as an international student I pay exorbitant amounts of money. That money continues to fuel the education industry, which is more merchandizing and administration than true education, such as research projects. I feel the money could be better spent elsewhere. The fact that a college degree is required to function in the professional world means as many Americans as possible should be encouraged to pursue a degree. Setting such a high price ceiling is not a true determinant of scholarly potential. I personally know a few kids that are smarter than me in the United States but can't afford the education they want. Lowering the price of education would help young adults be better able to manage the transition to independence. Most American students I speak to have some level of debt, and while it is definitely within the government's interest to secure their money, it creates a jeopardizing situation when such a large percentage of the working class is linked to the government via debt. A more viable solution would need careful planning and thought, but is necessary at this time. Perhaps reducing the amount of administration, which has proliferated severely in recent years. In Canada, they attract a substantial amount of international citizens at their competitively ranked schools, but the point is that everyone gets access to some form of education. Setting a price tag on a college degree is the worst form of glass ceiling, because it prevents people from getting what could be their only chance to enter a different field of work. Seeing that most high paying jobs require a college degree nowadays, denying someone one because they cannot afford it essentially limits them to low ranking jobs. This perpetuates a cycle of limiting a significant portion of young Americans, especially minorities. College should be a right for everyone, because those with ability have the potential to change their circumstances during college, if they are provided a safe transition period.