- Sterling Spencer
- Wichita, KS
- United States
Free to Learn Universities, Is it Possible?
Now this may seem silly but I am looking at the possibility of Free to Learn universities. I am seeking further opinions on the matter because I would love to think that this could work but I'm not so sure it would.
I got the idea from Free to Play video games( I know, I know). The premise is that the game is free but items in the game are charged but you are never required to buy them. Game developers have actually made more money this way because the game is free more and more people come to play the game. That means there are that many more people susceptible to buying in game items and they are more likely to so because they didn't spend their money on the game.
How might this translate to universities? Well for starters, signing up for classes and renting books would be free(It will only cost them to buy the books). This would create a frenzy and students would sign up for this university like mad. Since the students would have more money in their pocket instead of a giant debt, they would be more willing to spend it and since there would be a lot more students there would be that much more potential.
Things that would cost money would be food and housing and maybe the University could find a way to gives students an incentive to buy things on campus rather than off and create many more student events to raise money.
This is where i need some help. When it comes to video games, there are the in game items that are charged. When it come to universities I do not see enough things, beyond food and housing, that can be equated with the charged items in games. Is there enough things that universities can find to charge students for so that they can make education Free to Learn or at least really cheap?
Let me know what you think! I think this has potential, but the idea needs to be taken much further. Thanks for reading!