Public Higher Education Should Be Universal & Free Article Review

In the article “Public Higher Education Should Be Universal and Free” by Sara Goldrick-Rab, in fact, the author provides readers information about the benefits of a free and universal higher education over the politicians’ financial help for students (Goldrick-Rab, 2016). Moreover, she supports her thesis statement, conveyed to the audience even through reading the headline of the article, with the main argument “financial aid is more inefficient than free education.” The following essay’s goal is to give the identification of the article’s structure and its thorough analysis.

First of all, things that must be noted is that the author supports the argument by stating that financial aid does not provide low-income students enough to cover the expenses throughout the length of higher education; and instead of help, it causes dispute and resentment between politically aided families and those who are not. Besides, Goldrick-Rab uses the method of comparison on similar examples from real political programs to confirm her point of view. Thereby, the reader could feel the significant difference between the consequences of the Pell Grant program and Medicare and Social Security free and practical help in offering benefits for senior citizens. Via such a contrast comparison, the author emphasizes the importance of focusing on the free and ensuring quality policies, including free higher education. Throughout the whole article, Goldrick-Rab supports the argument with such premises, persuading the audience to the competence of her opinion.

From the very beginning, Sara Goldrick-Rab told readers of the article her own experience in long-term public education and receiving financial aid from the government, which already ensures readers in the reliability of the author’s statements against the financial aid incompetence.

Moreover, the author notably does emphasis on a phrase “It helps students focus on learning rather than working so that they complete degrees faster and having acquired more skills.”

moreover, uses it several times in the text. As it seems, this particular sentence represents the main idea and also serves as a quite efficient support for the argument. As a conclusion to the article, the author attempts to convince the audience in free and universal college effectiveness, that it would help students concentrate on the studying and making known their main priority, rather than on working hard in order to make enough money for completing the education and graduating.

Judging “Public Higher Education Should Be Universal and Free” by its structure and narrative style, it is quite simple, minimalistic and commonly-used – introduction including the thesis statement, the main part of the article presented as an argument and the convincing and quite inspiring conclusion. What is sure is that people, who like innovative, unique narrative styles and text structures, eloquent and complicated lexicon might be disappointed, because the argument and text itself are fairly simplistic. However, even though the article may not seem lengthy, the author briefly and argues her point of view through the using of comparison or examples from real political situations. The main point of the text is compactly and shortly conveyed through the name, and everything in this article seems to be in the right and precise order. It is most likely that after the reading of the article there wouldn’t be any feelings of understatement or restraint in readers of the Sara Goldrick-Rab’s opinion on the free college topic. Similar author’s confidence in writing frequently conveys to the audience, therefore, making the argument convincing and concluding, leaving no other words behind. Without a doubt, in such instance it would seem quite hard to say that the argument of “Public Higher Education Should Be Universal and Free” is a dangerous and not informative enough work of writing.

According to Sara Goldrick-Rab’s article, such required term nowadays as a higher education should be both affordable and granting quality for every student, and as a student myself, I must admit that I agree with this point of view (Goldrick-Rab, 2016).

Due to the war situations, unemployment, massive refugees’ migration and many other economic problems in countries families often become unable to afford the college tuition. Sadly enough, the countries lose dozens of talented students and future professionals in their field only by increasing the cost of high education and focusing on making it affordable through the financial aid; which is indeed not able to cover the expenses of every American low-income student.

Every government knows that there is a tendency across the globe in developing massive ignorance and so-called “collective mind,” and still, achieving affordable education might seem like a dream nowadays. The idea of free higher education is innovative and efficacious for every country’s progress on both social and economic bases since the amount of high-educated people leads to the fewer amount of crimes, unemployment, and lawbreaking at large. Moreover, with a broad field of affordable colleges and universities people have more freedom in choice of their interests, future occupation and more opportunities to implement new ideas.

No matter how many reasons for colleges to be affordable, the absolute absence of disadvantages in this idea is impossible, and it is still a topic of debates for every government. The taxation, devaluation of higher education degrees, students’ inability to spend the money rationally and many other possible troubles would cause a massive danger to a certain country’s economic state. Notwithstanding, the idea of making affordable and universal colleges creates a broader and more significant range of advantages for the students and the particular government at large.


Goldrick-Rab, Sara. (2016). “Public Higher Education Should Be Universal and Free.” The New York Times.

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