Pros and Cons of Attending College for Free Wednesday, Jun 23 2021 

By Jacob Maslow–Branded Content

At one time or another, everyone thinks about going to college. While the choice of education is entirely up to you, there is one thing that will always be a deciding factor, which is the cost. Despite there being many ways to pay for college, it can strain on your finances. Paying out of pocket can leave a huge dent in your bank account while loans can affect your overall credit score if not paid on time. This leads to a question many people have asked: should college be free? Here are the pros and cons of getting a college education for free.

Pro: It Allows Everyone to Get an Education

In a perfect world, everyone is able to pay for the education they deserve. Unfortunately, that’s not always the case. There are a lot of people who are unable to go to college because they can’t afford it. What’s worse is that they might not be approved for a loan either. Since a college education is necessary for most jobs these days, you would think everyone would be provided with tuition-free schooling. That way, people would be able to live well while boosting the economy.

Pro: Student Debt Would Be Completely Eliminated

One of the most common forms of debt is undoubtedly student loan debt. Regardless of the level of degree a student earns, they usually walk away with some amount of student debt. In fact, taking out a student loan from a private lender is how most people afford the high cost of college. Student debt can put a lot of strain on you both mentally and financially, so making college free would alleviate a lot of this unnecessary stress. Being able to attend for free would probably increase the attendance rate as well.

Con: Many People Wouldn’t Understand How to Properly Finance

Let’s be honest, going to college for free does sound like a dream come true. However, it may not be as great an idea as you think. College is a place where you go to learn and sharpen your basic life skills. One of these includes managing your finances properly. Although the debt can be a hindrance, it also teaches us how critical budgeting and saving is. Without this crucial skill, it wouldn’t be a surprise to see people spend their money and then struggle to make monthly house or car payments.

Con: The Value of College Would Decrease

It’s kind of shocking to know how many people underestimate the value of college. Going to a university for free might decrease the overall value of a college degree, including a Ph.D. It’s the idea of getting a good job that ultimately motivates us to keep working hard and mastering the skills of our chosen program. Honestly, what people truly want is to have the cost of college reduced, not entirely free. If people were allowed to college any time they wanted with no risk or reason, they might not see the benefit of earning their degree.

Photo Courtesy of Jacob Maslow // Cosmic Press

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Paid in full: Simmons College pays off school debt for dozens of students Friday, May 28 2021 

The school erased the remaining debt of 65 students enrolled in Spring 2020, Fall 2020, Spring 2021.


Cardinal Stadium to open at full capacity, allow tailgating for fall football season Thursday, May 27 2021 

The university said advancements in state and national health guidelines will allow a return to full capacity, including popular pregame tailgating.


2021 NFL Draft: 5 UofL, UK players who may selected Wednesday, Apr 28 2021 

Washington Football Team selects Jamin Davis with 19th overall pick in round 1 of the 2021 NFL draft. Congratulations Jamin!


ACC to allow transfers within conference to play immediately Monday, Mar 15 2021 

The move is the latest across college sports to loosen restrictions on transferring athletes so they can switch schools and play right away.


Namesake of iconic Red Barn says farewell to U of L Monday, Aug 31 2020 

By Zoe Watkins- 

Recently, the Director of Red Barn Special Programs, George Howe, announced his retirement and will be leaving on Sept. 1. His time on campus has been long and adventurous, and his work has touched most everyone on campus.

Though Howe worked for the university for many years, he was not originally a full time student. He said that he only took one course through the school which was Philosophy of Education. Howe attended another college elsewhere, but not that too far away.

“I went to college in Ohio at a school called Muskingum College in New Concord, Ohio. I got my master’s degree at West Virginia University in Morgantown, West Virginia in 1969. I graduated from undergraduate at Muskingum in 1965,” Howe said.

Howe came to work at U of L through his contact here, Gary Steely. Steely was working as the Dean of Students at the time.

The two met at a conference back in 1969 at the University of North Carolina. It was through Steely that Howe learned about the creation of a new position, Director of Student Activities.

“I kept in touch with him, and they advertised it and I got the job. I started in July 1970 which is the day U of L went into the state’s system,” Howe said.

Howe explained that his time at the university was filled with many different positions. He started his career as the Director of Student Activities back in 1970, and was the first one to have that position. Afterwards, he explained he was as well that first director of the Student Activities Center before settling down into his position of being the Director Red Barn Special Programs in the late 90s.

His duties would change quite a bit across the years due to switching positions. Originally, Howe explained that he along with some others helped plan activities in the Red Barn such as movies, concerts, and barbeques.

“It became a popular building for the university, and we didn’t have the Student Activities Center until 1990, so that is all we had,” Howe said.

It was through these efforts that in 1991, Howe mentioned that the university was picked out of several schools across the country to be published in a book which featured the Red Barn. U of L was chosen as being one of the most excellent out of class experiences for students.

Howe said his time at the campus was like a dream come true and enjoyed every minute of it.  Some of his fondest moments that he mentioned was a live show in 1980 at the Red Barn for Dan Folgeberg who debuted his song “Run for the Roses” for the 160th running of the Kentucky Derby.

“It was a great experience and I got to work with so many student and faculty and staff,” he said.

Even though he is sad to be retiring, Howe still has some parting words left to those he will miss.

“Search your heart and search your soul, and be thankful of being apart of U of L. If you are in such and in so doing, please consider making a gift not used go to your own school. Please consider making a gift to U of L as part of your routine which you can do with the help of Allison Commings, the Director of Student Affairs.”

Photo Courtesy of U of L News

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Ohio Valley Colleges And Universities Respond To Coronavirus Threat Tuesday, Mar 10 2020 

College administrators around the region are weighing their options as the coronavirus makes the lectures, events and dormitories of campus life potential means of transmission of the highly infectious virus. A few schools in the region have opted to suspend in-person classes in favor of remote participation, and as of Tuesday one Kentucky college had cancelled the rest of its spring semester as a precaution.  

The Ohio Valley ReSource and its partner stations will update this story as more information about area colleges and universities becomes available. 


Administrators at Berea College in Kentucky opted to cease instructional activities at the end of the week. In a statement on the school’s website President Lyle Roelofs said that after careful analysis the school has concluded “that it will not be possible to adequately assure student and employee safety in the circumstance of a case of COVID-19 occurring on campus.”


Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine declared a state of emergency Monday after confirming three cases of the virus in Cuyahoga County. DeWine recommended all Ohio universities suspend in-person classes and move to online instruction.

Late Tuesday Ohio University announced it is suspending in-person instruction on all campuses and locations until at least March 30. President Duane Nellis said Tuesday in an email that the university is moving to virtual instruction, effective immediately. Ohio U. students are on spring break and Nellis said that students who traveled home over spring break are encouraged to stay at home, and those who were traveling should not return to campus.

Nellis said in his email that university officials understand “the disruptive nature of these measures but believe it is essential to safeguard the health and safety of our students, faculty and staff while continuing to fulfill our educational mission.”

Elsewhere in Ohio, other colleges and universities were taking similar measures Tuesday. 

The Ohio State University announced that it will suspend face-to-face instruction in lectures, discussion sections, other classroom settings and move to virtual instruction through at least Monday, March 30.

Kent State University announced “we will cease face-to-face classes through April 12. Remote instruction will begin March 16.”

Xavier University announced that beginning Monday March 16 it will move to a remote learning format for all courses.

The University of Cincinnati will suspend face-to-face instruction and move to remote instruction at the end of the week. Face-to-face instruction will resume Monday, April 13, 2020.

Miami University of Ohio announced that beginning March 11 its campuses are suspending all face-to-face instruction. Courses will be delivered by remote instruction through at least April 12.

West Virginia

Tuesday night West Virginia University President Gordon Gee announced that the school will suspend classes the week of March 23-27, following spring break. Beginning Monday, March 30, classes will be delivered remotely.

“The heart of the university experience is the exchange of ideas that occur in our classrooms and on our campuses every day,” Gee said in a statement. “We are disrupting this process only in an effort to keep our WVU community safe.”

Michelle Rotuno-Johnson and Aaron Payne at ReSource member station WOUB contributed to this report.

Couisnard, South Carolina stun No. 10 Kentucky 81-78 Wednesday, Jan 15 2020 

The Gamecocks ended a three-game skid against Kentucky.