Education is necessity for social mobility and innovation. The best minds and talent shouldn’t be denied quality education in this country simply because they cannot foot the bill.

It’s high time that our country provides a tuition-free education to qualified students at all public universities, colleges and trade schools. If you meet the academic requirements, you go for free. This is not a new concept — before the 1980s, many public American universities provided a tuition-free education to all qualified students. Today, most industrialized countries do the exact same thing. If we want to rebuild our economy and encourage innovation in America, we need a highly-educated and highly-skilled workforce. Saddling students with debt is not only destructive to students’ futures, it also slows and depresses our economy.