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college should be cheaper

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Started: 12/12/2014 Category: Education
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cprohaska

Pro

Lower College Tuition

America is the land of opportunities, and that includes education. College costs are at an all time high, which is causing some people to not be able to attend college. College University"s tuition should cost less money in order to allow more people to be able to afford it and to take stress and hard times off students and recent graduates.
More and more jobs are requiring a college degree. A recent study states that "During the recession in 2007-2010 jobs requiring college degrees grew by 187,000... and jobs only requiring a high school degree fell by 5.6 million"(Lumina). This is encouraging more high school graduates to continue on to college. But some people just can not afford it. Even if a student works all four high school years earning between minimum wage and ten dollars a hour their total amount of money saved is only a fraction of the amount it costs to attend college.
Student loans overwhelm many college students and recent graduates. College costs thousands of dollars. The price is so high that many people are forced to drop out due to financial issues. According to a 2011 study "44% of students at a four year college dropped out" (Mark) Thats clearly a result of too high tuition. Many universities say "We have to charge that much for tuition in order to keep the collage running". But the truth is they already get multiple grants from the government plus would still be making a lot of money even if they did not charge us as much for tuition.
Student loan expenses force graduates to move back in with their parents and delay marriage. With all the expenses of student loans many recent graduates do not even have enough money to rent an apartment which forces them to move back in with their parents. Some people might say "moving back in with their parents is a good way to save money". But moving back in with family is the last thing they want to do. College graduates are finally on their own and looking forward to their future and starting a family but with the student loans holding them back it is a real struggle for them to begin their future.
College university"s tuition should cost less money in order to give more people opportunities and expand the workforce in America. By making an education more affordable, more teenagers will be able to attend. This will help them pay for their families and support themselves in the future.

Works Cited

Lumina Foundation, "A Stronger Nation through Higher Education," www.luminafoundation.org, June 2013
Meta Brown and Sydnee Caldwell, "Young Student Loan Borrowers Retreat from Housing and Auto Markets," www.libertystreeteconomics.newyorkfed.org, Apr. 17, 2013
Mark Schneider, "Colleges Waste Millions on Students Who Drop Out," www.aei-ideas.org, Aug. 19, 2010
AustinGinsberg

Con

Your normal college education isn't really that expensive when it comes down to it. Getting your four years on average, saying that you aren't going to the best school in the country, will be about twenty thousand dollars. This may seem like a large sum of money, but it is probably just as expensive as a new car you want to buy. The difference is that this is going to get you better opportunities in life.

Where the real cost comes in is at graduate school. You have to take in consideration that there are many college students, and high school students, that are not going for more than their four years of basic college courses. And graduate school has the right to be as expensive as it is. If you decide to go to medical school you should be prepared to pay for all of the extra years of specialty education.

And this is of course depending on the school that a student decided to go to. Enrolling in Cambridge University for law, if you can even get in, will be roughly 55,000 GBP (British Pounds). But this is because they are known as the top university in the world. Their education is what allows them to charge this price. If they weren't a good school you wouldn't have people paying these large, but completely reasonable, charges to go to school for even longer than they have to (which most students entering high school swear on their life that they despise "having" to do).

If this education wasn't as pricey as it was the job market would be even more flooded with over-qualified twenty something people not being able to get a job in their field of study or otherwise. Amy Hird, a high school computer graphics teacher, has about 5 degrees. She has gone to college multiple times because of the flooding in job markets. If college is made cheaper this would become a necessity for a much greater number of people, They would have to pay more fees in the long run than the original fee that was decreased to make college "more available".
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Posted by Devinflynn 2 years ago
Devinflynn
I'd say that colleges should lower their prices because more and more people can't afford the education they want, which will eventually get them better job opportunities.
Posted by donald.keller 2 years ago
donald.keller
I'd say that College is actually fairly cheap compared to what people expect. They think of large Universities, which are different from Colleges. Also, the economics behind the cost are important. Colleges and Universities are major contributors of research and provide a lot of resources for research and development, including grants, labs, and a base of operations to many scientist and research groups. Check out a lot of scientific papers and you'll see a large number of them are accredited to colleges and universities. That contribution and cost goes into the price of College.

I won't say I'm enough of an expert to defend those points, though.
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