Why College Tuition in America Should Be Lowered

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Why College Tuition Should be Lowered
By Sarah Claymiller
What could you do with $14,000? Well, you could buy 4,000 Whoppers with that money. You could also buy 35 IPads, and 4 80 inch flat screen TVs. Or, instead of those things, you could buy yourself one year’s worth of college tuition. Does it seem a little unusual that only one year of tuition costs that much? It might be if you live outside of America; the United States is one of the biggest spenders on secondary education compared to other countries. The current cost for college tuition is too high, and should be lowered since it is detrimental to our generation. The main reasons that tuition should be lowered is so that kids have easier and cheaper access to higher education, so
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In the same way that minimum wage isn’t increasing with college tuition, family income isn’t increasing with it either. In 2009, the average family income was 200% of what it was in 1980; college tuition and fees were 550% of what they were in 1980. If children in poverty cannot attain a scholarship (since they are decreasing the number of scholarships given out) they have no real way of attaining a college degree of any kind without taking out a huge student loan – which they most likely will not be able to pay off, since 50% of college graduates are currently employed in a job that does not require a degree. Essentially, the only way to get a higher education without looming debt is to be wealthy; this is why many people born into poverty stay in poverty. This system encroaches on the fact that the United States prides themselves on democracy and equal opportunities for everyone. A lower college cost would give everyone a chance to make something of themselves, instead of putting certain people in a hard position to escape. Would lowering the tuition lower the amount of student debt?
Currently, student debt is at 1 trillion dollars, the highest it has ever been. The average graduate of the class of 2014 has $33,000 of debt to pay off. This needs to be paid off by people just starting their careers, who have bills, car and credit card payments, and living expenses to pay. This

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