1600 Pennsylvania Avenue
Washington D.C. 20500
Dear Future President,
My name is Mallory and I am a sophomore in Minnesota and I am here to address my concern for the increasing cost of college and why it is a huge problem as we move further into the future. Many students these days aren't getting the necessary and/or desired education needed to thrive and to make a living. This is a very important topic to me because I will soon be attending college and it is getting harder and harder each year to attend. The costs of college should stop increasing and should actually be lowered because the excessive student debt delays young adults’ lives and tuition is rising at a higher rate than inflation.
The rising college costs is increasing the amount of student debts causing delays in their lives. It is crazy how much college costs to attend and for some people, loans are their only option. These loans pile up so high that they control people’s lives and limits them from doing and buying things that they want to do. According to Tuition Talk, “40% of young adults delay buying a home because of debt” (Pumphrey). Other important milestones for young adults are pushed back such as marriage, having kids and even necessary medical concerns are left to be dealt with later. I believe that if people didn't have access to so much student debt, colleges would be forced to lower their prices so more students can afford it. Student debts put stress on students’ lives and lowering college tuition would make it easier.
People could always oppose my view and say that the rising of prices is crucial in developing necessary facilities or that college should be free and I don't agree. College already costs so overwhelmingly much that it is already covering facilities, and the most important thing colleges are looking for is more people attending their college. If the prices were to continue to rise, then less people would attend and in the long run, and that would hurt them the most. Another argument they would have is that college should be free so there's no financial problems, but that could never work. The problem with having a free college is that we are technically paying for it with our tax dollars. The rising costs of tuition is continuing to rise more than the rate of inflation. According to CNBC, ““If you look at the long-term trend, [college tuition] has been rising almost six percent above the rate of inflation," said Ray Franke” (Schoen). College is increasing every year more than basic things like cars and clothing and it shouldn't be. It is among the many necessities that everyone needs in life, and it is arguably the most important one.
In conclusion, college should stop increasing annually and it should start to decrease because the overwhelmingly high student debt delays young adults’ lives and the tuition is rising higher than inflation of other goods. Individuals and families will continue to struggle to pay off these costs if nothing will be done to fix this issue. A higher education is extremely important for people to obtain and will directly affect their future. Because of these prices, many students aren't able to attend or get what they need to thrive in life. I hope that this problem can be solved and thanks for so much for reading my proposal.