With this increase in tuition costs it is making a college education more and more unaffordable and putting students in more debt.
Government and College Debt College debt is becoming more of a drastic problem in the United States with the rising costs of college tuition. In “Why the Student Loan Crisis Is Even Worse Than People Think” Mark Kantrowitz expresses how the issue of
In 1976, the average cost to attend a four year public university was $2,175; today, the average cost to attend a four year public university is $25,000 (Snyder). This means it is 1150% more expensive to go to college in The United States today than it was 30 years ago. This obviously would create a problem on how we as people are going to pay for our higher education. Today college has become almost a necessity to have a satisfactory life, and with these rising prices some individuals believe student loans are the only option. There are many reasons as to why the prices have risen, but the one undeniable fact is that this has created a problem within our country. Which, is known as the student debt crisis, and it has been on the rise the past couple years. This problem is affecting people all around the United States, and is causing multitude of problems for them all because they wanted to pursue higher education. Wanting to better your opportunities by bettering yourself is not something that needs to be punished, and sadly that is what is happening. This problem is something that needs to be fixed for the sake of Americans and our economy, but will also take time and a multitude of steps to correct.
College tuition is a subject that I am certain is on every college student's mind. The current cost of college has become so outrageously high and so students are graduating college with what you think is a feeling of excitement for their lives starting, when in reality they are entering a pool of stress due to high amounts of debt and no job guarantees. With that being said overly expensive College Tuition is merely taking away opportunities from potential students. According to Collegefactual.com, you will see that 20 years ago the average college tuition for a student at any University was around $6,285 for the room, board, and tuition. Today, according to Niche.com, the average tuition for almost any college is over $30,000 for those same things. Today, this isn't even offered for those same colleges, we don’t even know what is actually causing the raising tuition. At this point in time, we are paying for the name. Just like clothing, we pay more for the “high end” (a.k.a the college name) items. This is an issue that not only affects college students, but people who want a good education. College tuition should be lowered because the average student debt is too high, FAFSA results can be misleading and not high enough, and there is not enough access to college for deserving students.
As it is, there is about $1 trillion in college debt in America. A Philadelphia Enquirer article warns that, “The average debt owed per person is $25,000 -- the highest level of student debt in the nation's history,” and that the number is increased by tens of thousands of dollars for those who go on to get higher degrees. $25,000 is a lot but the reality is that a lot of people have even more than that. For example, what if someone goes to an expensive private college and their tuition is anywhere between 30 and 70 thousand per year. In total they could be paying between 120 and 240 thousand dollars per year. The majority of the country is most likely unable to easily pay for that and could end up with extensive amounts of debt just because they went to the college that they wanted to. Student’s education shouldn’t be compromised just because the school they want to go to has a high tuition. Alarmingly, “Study after study has shown the number one barrier to attending college is the published rate of tuition.”(Lowe) The amount of student debt as a result of a school’s high tuition should decide where people should go to school. If tuition is decreased then simultaneously, student debt would be as well.
Rising College Tuition in America “College Prices Soar Again!” “Budget Cuts Cause Even Higher Tuition!” “Higher Education Now Even Less Affordable” These are all statements that have been seen all over the media: newspapers, magazines, television, and radio. (3 SV: SV) Rising college tuition in America has been a problem for years. Many students drop out after a single year due to the pricey costs of tuition. The rapid rise can be attributed to many aspects of the economy, not just a single source. There have also been some propositions of how costs could be lowered, but these have yet to be seen. The United States has gone into a tuition crisis.
Matt Taibbi argues in his Rolling Stone article titled “Ripping Off America: The College-Loan Scandal” that the government is the primary source to blame for today’s appalling inflation rates on increasing student debt. Additionally, he argues that the reason the tuition is so exploitative and unfair, is because it was created to benefit two groups. The first being, “…colleges and universities, and the contractors who build their extravagant athletic complexes, hotel-like dormitories and God knows what other campus embellishments” (Taibbi). Next up, the other group that gains from the current system is the government. This is because, “…the government actually stands to make an enormous profit on the president 's new federal student-loan system, an estimated $184 billion over 10 years” (Taibbi). Further, Taibbi goes onto to state that students often have no idea what they are signing up for with student loans, because not all students have access to the same information. Finally, Taibbi mentioned that “because of the poor job market, young people may have less of a chance than ever to actually get a good job commensurate with their education” (Taibbi). This means that with no degree, students have no chance, but with a degree you are forced down a road of high risk, and at the end you are likely to be left with a ton of debt.
The cost of getting a college education has risen over the past three decades. Comparing it to the housing and medical care markets, it has risen considerably more than them. The current student loan debt, has risen to an astonishing $1.2 trillion dollars, the largest ever recorded. Student loans are just now a burden on our society, yet no one is surprised about the amount of debt the students are in. Yet is is extremely
In the 1980s a first-year college student could attend a public four-year university for $2,500 and a private university for a little over $5,000. Although, most of these universities are offering the same mediocre education from the last three decades; the cost of tuition has more than tripled for public universities and for private universities, it has gone up a staggering 85%. Canada holds an average educational cost of 5,974 and England follows with an estimated average cost of 5,288. In spite the tuition in the United States being more than twice that of its allies; the main problem contributing to the continuing rise of tuition are the billions of dollars owed in both federal and private student loans. Unfortunately, out of 15 countries the United States held the number one position when it came down to the cost of a higher education (including books, fees, room and board).With that being said, I will thoroughly explain in the following essay how student loans have affected the cost of tuition, compare US tuition to other countries, and analyze the average spending budget for most universities that prove to influence the rise in tuition.
A widely discussed problem in the United States is the high cost of college education along with the soaring levels of student debt. A major factor argued to be causing the problem is the easy access that students have to loans when financing a college education. Allowing students to borrow money without regard to their credit or ability to repay the loan enables colleges to continually raise tuition rates.
Jieying Bai Professor Nguyen Political Science 1 October 25, 2014 Political issues on Student Loans As a student who has difficulties affording increasingly high tuition in college, financial aid and student loans is one of the biggest concerns for me. Even though with a low-interest rate of student loans, it is still hard to pay back the debt after graduation. As in recent years, the cost of universities in America has rose to such a level that it has exceeded the rate of inflation. (Walker) According to CNBC, America has more than $1.2 trillion of student loan debt, what’s more, about 10 million federal student loans are taken out annually. (Orman) Face on such a huge threat to the economy, in the meanwhile, recently there are some debates happening that has influenced the interest rate of student loans.
Two-thirds of students graduating from universities in America are graduating with some level of debt. This debt has reached a whopping $1.2 trillion. And 40 million is now the number of people who make up this monumental student debt. As a former student in community college I understand completely the financial burdens that might come along with education. So I can only imagine how expensive it gets for students in four-year institutions. In your line of work I’m absolutely sure you can relate to these burdens. With the growing emphasis on college education, it would be reasonable to have low cost or free education the way other countries do. But all we have is raising costs and debt accumulation, which has become an urgent issue and if it isn’t addressed soon, it can be detrimental for students, parents, our economy and even you, the educators.
College is getting more expensive every year, yet the economy is always in shambles. I don’t understand how they expect someone just finishing high school to pay an abundance of money. I guess we are supposed to put that burden on our parents, but there’s no way they can afford to help because they are struggling just to get by. Why something that is promoted is as essential and important is being so hard to obtain.
Higher Education Act: INCREASING AFFORDABILITY? Lawmakers have recently reauthorized the Higher Education Act, is an attempt to increase enrollment rates by improving the affordability of a college education through raising financial aid eligibility to in need students. Over the last four years this rise in the federal budget for student financial aid has inflated the cost of a college education to an all time high. Due to these increases in student loan availability, not only has the student debt rate been at an all time high, but graduation rate has been at an all time low. This Higher Education Act gives institutions too much flexibility to vary their course fees causing an ever rising cost for a college degree. And in the last five
Should student loans be outlawed? Everyone knows the price of education is very costly. The cost of education is expensive and sometimes people have to choose if they want to be in debt because they can’t afford to pay out of pocket at the time being. In the end they are forced to take out a student that covers the rest of the payment that FAFSA didn’t pay because you are given a certain amount from the government each year. That’s when the debt begins, which they don’t tell you about. I think student loans are overpriced almost as if it is set up for you to be in debt. Some people owe so much in student loans they’ll be paying for the rest of their lives. It has been said, “student loans are a crisis for students and the economy” at the National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators (NASFAA) annual conference. (Huelsman), “The most important