Timothy Hudson Posted over 2 years ago Attending College IS a Right. Enrich the person & the future (theirs & ours) via Mandatory 4 yr Higher Ed in the US or Compulsory K - 16 In my opinion, this topic has little to do with education, and more to do with the function of capitalism and competition in our education system at the collegiate level. You can find quite a bit of compelling discussion relating to this topic here: http://www.ted.com/conversations/6173/unify_universities_into_networ.html Grants, scholarships, and military service are all viable options for high school graduates to pursue higher education. The motivation to pursue higher education is not limited by income. Secondary and primary schools are already expected to 'turn out' students who are actually prepared by measurable means for college, and this happens annually, by the millions, to better success than any other country in the world. This is not only measured by through testing but also through observation of the multitude of students who go directly from high school to 4 year colleges and graduate with degrees in their chosen field. We live in a capitalist society yet your proposal is socialist in nature, and now is certainly not the time that our nation needs more socialism. You are correct that funding is a major issue in this concept. The best quality education costs the most- as is the nature with any product. If this wasn't the case than the United States would not be the leading developer of technology, medecine, and innovation worldwide. Socializing collegiate education would destroy the competitive nature that has made our collection of universities the best the world has ever seen.