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WRT 101S -Downtown: Controversial Issues

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  • Instead of:   PELL grants for Latinos

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THESIS: Yes, the value of a college education is worth the cost.


  1. Over a lifetime, people with an Associate's degree earn significantly more than those with a high school degree only.
  2. Student loans can be repaid over many years.
  3. Although it is true that some people are very successful without college, more end up struggling.

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