"Ability to benefit".
Unlike many I don't think "free college" is a cure.
If it is free to all then one might question if it's worth anything to most.
But there are MILLIONS of bright kids who have everything, the gifts, the grades, the ability and the ambition, and all they lack is the money.
A means test and testing for ability to benefit can give us a clear picture of who needs free tuition the most. Standards don't have to be 100% rigid but 90% is probably perfect. If it is clear that they can make it in college as they made it in high school, give them the tuition if they can't afford it.
We're not "giving away free stuff", we're investing in our own future.
We have to, or the future is guaranteed to be dystopian.
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