Tuition cost is on a lot of people’s minds. I have been browsing the web to find out what others are suggesting and reasoning when it comes to rising tuition cost, and here is what I found:
‘With many incoming college students unable to afford rising tuition cost, and low-cost federal loans only providing some assistance, private student loans have become a necessary evil for some in recent years. But those higher-interest loans are leading to increased levels of debt among young Americans. Lawmakers are once again promoting a long talked-about bill to protect students.’
Consumerist – ‘Know Before You Owe’ Act Aims To Provide Clear Disclosures For Private Student Loans
‘They really need a law that prevents students from getting loans for worthless not in-demand degrees. The government tracks what is in-demand already on the O*Net Online website, so why not deny loans for any major that we know is link to not in-demand jobs/industry? It wont be perfect, but certainly would stop a lot of people from getting loans for most of the worthless degrees out there.’
‘Many students find full-time work to offset the cost of education, and when tuition costs increase at steep rates it makes completing college seem nearly impossible. While the cost of education increases, the number of full-time working college students is also rising to comply with the increased costs, and it can have serious impacts on graduation rates.’
The Working Class – What is actually happening with the price of tuition
‘…the government need only set aside a mere $6.2 billion to make public colleges tuition free. For comparison, the defense budget in 2012 for the US was $729 billion. As I asked in my previous post: What is this money being withheld in favor of? What about providing higher education isn’t part of the dream to make this the greatest country on Earth?’
Optional Irony – Follow Up
‘As a last resort to help pay for my college bills and continue going to school, I have made a go fund me page to help raise money. I hate self promotion for things like this, but please bare with me posting my plea!
If anyone would be able to make a donation and help me out so I don’t have to drop out, or even take a look at the page, click the green link in the top of this post. Thanks so much everybody.’
Dylan Sparks – DJSKRAPS – NEED HELP TO STAY IN SCHOOL
‘Then, maybe all those right-winged conservatives will finally realize that an astonishing amount of college graduates have to sell their minds, bodies and souls in order to pay their tuition bills.’
The Girl with the Red Hair – Teenage Dream
‘For students studying as well as pursuing careers in the 21st century, expectations have changed tremendously. With contributing factors such as competitive job markets, or the fact that older employees are staying in their jobs longer, it just makes it even more difficult for the budding graduate to land a job after graduation.
Kyanna Vassell, a third year Journalism student who is currently attending Ryerson University is someone who knows way too well the feelings of unhappiness and depression when it comes to school and her future. “University definitely has not prepared me for the real world. The whole program basically tries to do that, but instead I’m just getting tired and depressed in the process.” “In high school you think going to university will make your life better, but it really doesn’t.”’
Empty Wallets – Students left feeling broke and unhappy
‘Thousands of 20 somethings across the US are trying plan what their future is going to be like. Do I share an apartment with friends or perhaps finally settle down and get a small home? Is my degree going to land me a job, or am I going to have to take a “temporary” position at the local coffee shop? Should I pursue grad school or take some time off and get work experience? For many, another question is at the very top of their to-do lists: how am I going to pay these student loans?’
Politics and the Bible – Should College be free?
A lot of the material I read filled me with dread for the students battling hard out there not to increase their knowledge, expand their experience, broaden their cultural horizons, but to afford the next bill! It has become ALL about money. Yes, we do live in a very capitalist world but our driven students should not have finances as their sole focus.
If I was thinking about starting a degree I would think long and hard about what it actually gives you at the end of the day. If the main contribution to your life is a ton of student debt, limited job prospects and a life time worth of stress then maybe the ‘dream’ just isn’t attainable anymore.
See this as a massive financial commitment. It is like buying a very expensive high end convertible car. It looks great – it makes you feel proud and it might get you noticed. But is it worth it? Ask yourselves honestly – is that major worth the money you are forking out for it?