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IELTS Free University Education
The issue of free university education is an essay topic that comes
up in the IELTS test.
This essay therefore provides you with some of the key arguments
about this topic.
The essay is an agree / disagree essay, which means you are given
one opinion and then asked if you agree with it or not.
So remember to make it clear in your essay which side you are on.
Of course you don't have to firmly come down on one side - you could
partly agree if there are some aspects of the arguments you agree
with but some parts you disagree with.
In this essay, the writer believes free university education is the best
policy, so s/he agrees with the opinion. This is made clear in the
conclusion (though you can put your opinion in the introduction as
well if you wish).
The writer presents both sides of the argument. This is a good idea
as you may find it more difficult to come up with a lot of ideas for one
side of an argument. It also shows you are able to see both sides of
the argument - a good academic skill.

Example Essay 20 - Free University
Education Essay
You should spend about 40 minutes on this task.
Present a written argument to an educated reader with
no specialist knowledge of the following topic.
University education should be free to
everyone, regardless of income.
To what extent do you agree or disagree?
Give reasons for your answer and include any relevant
examples from your own experience or knowledge.
You should write at least 250 words.
Model Answer
Over recent years, more and more people have been attending
university and arguments have persisted as to whether students
should pay for this privilege not. Although there are convincing
arguments on both sides, I strongly believe that it should be free.
One argument put forward in favour of charging students is that
education is becoming more expensive to fund as universities grow in
size. Consequently, making students pay may maintain standards and
ensure the quality of the teaching. In addition, it is argued that most
students benefit from university in terms of higher paid jobs, so it is
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fair that they pay for at least some of the cost, especially given that
the majority of students attending university are from the middle
classes. Last but not least, in many countries, there is a shortage of
people to do manual jobs such as plumbing and carpentry, so making
university more expensive may encourage people to take up these
However, there are a number of arguments in favour of making
university education free for all. Firstly, it will encourage more people
to attend and this will benefit society. This is because it will lead to a
more productive and educated workforce. Research has generally
shown that those countries that have a better educated population via
university have higher levels of innovation and productivity. In
addition, there is the issue of equality of opportunity. If all students
are required to pay, those on a low income may be dissuaded from
attending, thus making it unfair. The reason for this is that they will
likely not be able to secure financial support from their family so they
will be concerned about the debts they will incur in the future.
In conclusion, I am of opinion that all education should remain equally
available to all regardless of income. This is not only fair, but will also
ensure that countries can prosper and develop into the future with a
well-educated workforce.
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Asif Maqsood Islamabad, Pakistan
November 11, 2013 at 9:35am
Deep Lather MDU, Rohtak
nice one
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perfect combination the both sides have been developed clearly
and that really light me up thanks.

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