Remember first that “free” would apply only to government-run schools. The Harvards, Yales, and McDaniels of this world would still be around, charging an arm and a leg, and the “privileged” kids would go to them. Uncle Sam, now holding the purse strings on lower-class college education, would establish salary scales for professors (based, of course, on longevity, not on merit) and pass-fail standards for different notional and ethnic groups. And all who are accepted would have to graduate. There could be no grades, no completion, no awarded scholarships, no honors at graduation.