Students and faculty at WKU react to presidential candidate’s plan 

BOWLING GREEN, Ky.-Candidates looking to run for President in 2020 are starting to launch their campaigns, some of them targeting college students with the promise of a free education.

Sen. Elizabeth Warren is the latest candidate to propose a plan to eliminate student debt and offer free tuition at four-year colleges throughout the country.

It’s not the first time such a plan has been proposed. During Sen. Bernie Sanders’ 2016 presidential campaign, he pushed for free college tuition.

Warren’s College Plan would eliminate debt up to $50,000 for people below a certain income bracket, paid for with a tax on wealth.

Students and faculty at Western Kentucky University react to the plan.

“I think a lot more people would come to college if they knew the tuition was free, because a lot of students don’t feel like they can afford to come to college,” said WKU freshman Shasta Smith.

“I don’t believe that college tuition should be free just because I feel like this is an opportunity that if it were offered to everyone some people might take advantage of it,” sophomore ShayAnte’ Williams said.

“People feel like they get what they pay for, so we don’t want to make things free and then students are not getting the necessary skills, critical thinking, knowledge and competencies that they need in order to graduate,” said Martha Sales, executive director at WKU Student Engagement Center.

In total the plan would cost about $1.25 trillion.