Benefits Of College Tuition

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MaKenzie Eddins Mr. Mitchell English 1301.02 13 November, 2017 College Tuition: Is It Worth It? In 2016, college grads graduated with an average of $37,172 in student loan debt. This is a 6% increase from the previous year, and the rates increase as colleges become more expensive. Going to a University or College is looked upon as a luxury or a privilege nowadays. Good paying jobs that supply good living standards are requiring at least a bachelor’s degree to be considered for hiring. Any persons, including college students, should not be forced to live with, be pressured by, or be under the control of student loan debt. Student loan debt has been proven to have an impact on a person’s mental health. It keeps the less fortunate from having a chance to prosper in a competitive workforce, and the system that provides financial aid (FAFSA) doesn’t always meet a person’s needs completely. College should be an earned right for those who have stuck through the education process as an adolescent. An article in The Atlantic, an online news source, talks about a person’s mental health while living with student debt. The author, Gillian B. White, pulls evidence from a 2013 study published in Anxiety, Coping and Stress, from the University of Southern California, in which states, “those with greater financial strain perceived more stress, had more symptoms of depression, anxiety, and ill-health.” This quote states that a person with more financial strain was shown to undergo more stress, and increase signs of depression, anxiety, and bad health. This statistic proves that giving a young adult a financial burden to live with for years, takes a major toll on their mental health status. Mental health is a serious issue, and shouldn’t be taken so lightly. In addition to suffering mental health issues, student loan debt keeps many low income students from being interested in furthering their education. In an archived information page from the U.S. Department of Education, it states that, “Students who do not attend college or who drop out quickly are predominantly persons from low-income families, living in underdeveloped areas within major cities or in sparsely populated rural areas, and who have attended ineffective
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