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Affording College

Why is college so expensive?

Dear Future President,

Why is college so expensive? Some people don’t go to college for that reason. If college was more affordable, more people would get better jobs and the Government would have to give less money away to the ones that are in need. If people do go to college, they’ll also have a better and higher education which might also mean they have many more job choices in the higher working fields. Not everyone has hundreds of thousands of dollars just lying around. It’s not fair to people who grew up poor to live their whole lives poor because they don't have the money to give themselves an education. The students shouldn't have to live with their loans for the rest of their lives.

If college was affordable, people would have better jobs. According to a USA Today article, “More College Grads Are Getting Better Jobs”, “Melissa Remmey, 22, who graduated from Wake Forest University in North Carolina last week with a political science degree, recently weighed four job offers, including positions as a business liaison, an analyst and a sales and marketing associate.” This shows that the the higher the degree, more job offers will come to you or you’ll have more job options.

Growing up poor is also a problem with college fees. According to the chart “ Earning and unemployment rates by educational attainment, 2015” People with only a high school diploma get up to $678 weekly and their unemployment rate is 5.4%. While other people with a Doctoral degree get up to $1,623 weekly and their unemployment rate is 1.7%. This proves that college should matter to everyone because people with only a high school diploma only get less than $3,000 monthly meaning it’s less than $33,000 annually, which is lower than the average annual income in the United States.

Many people don’t go to college because it’s way too expensive. The article “College grads are getting nearly all the jobs” states,  “Americans with only high school diplomas represent a shrinking share of the workforce. This year, for the first time, college grads made up a larger slice of the labor market than those without higher education, by 36% to 34%, respectively. Until the early 80s, more than 70% of Americans entered the workforce right out of high school.” This means that within time people that don't go to college for 2 or more years will have hard times finding and keeping a job.

Some people believe that you don’t need a college education. They believe that after high school, there is no need for higher education. I feel that college is necessary for a brighter future. According to “Importance of College Education”, “If you are still asking yourself why should you go to college, it is important to remember the significant amount of opportunity available for college graduates. The global economy is becoming increasingly more competitive, and in order to give yourself the best chance for a well-paying job, you must first understand the importance of college education.” This proves that college is very important.

College fees should be more affordable. People want to go far in life, but how can they do that if they’re not going to college?