Isabel A. Montana

Tuition Cost is Too Expensive

College tuition is too expensive. We need to lower the tuition cost so more students could attend college and get a degree.

Dear future President,

College tuition cost is a major issue in the world today. College is said to be a stepping stone for most young adults future. I agree with that statement because when I was growing up, I always knew that I wanted to get a college education. Now I am a senior in high school and college is less than a year away. I am thrilled to further my education, but I am also terrified about the expenses and going into a substantial amount of debt after I graduate college.

There are of course ways to help pay for a college education such as grants, loans and scholarships. Unfortunately, not every student gets scholarship. If the student gets a grant that money will eventually run out and the student is more than likely to be in debt afterwards. Almost every college student goes through debt because, in reality, who has thousands of dollars laying around? The Statistic Brain said the average annual tuition cost for a four year college in the U.S. in 2014 and 2015 was about $16,000. That is just a year so, if you attend a college for four years you are roughly paying around $64,000. That isn’t including classes that you have to retake or classes that were meaningless to the student because they changed their career path during second semester. The dorm room expenses isn’t included either.

I don’t think college should be free necessarily, but I do think the overall cost should go down. Some students are afraid to attend college because attending almost always guarantees going into debt after graduation. These certain students probably already have the mindset that they would fail if they attended. Usually when someone graduates with a degree it is easier to pay the debt off but, it may take several years or even a decade or two to do so. College is always a good way to get your foot in the door for most jobs, but it doesn’t always guarantee a job right after school.

Mainly, I think that the tuition cost is limiting students dreams. Students put themselves down for dreaming big for their futures. Some students are fortunate enough to put themselves through a doctorate degree or even to become a lawyer, but not all students are capable of doing that. As students we limit ourselves and our abilities to do great things. We tell ourselves that we can’t become doctors, astronauts, musicians, etc. The cost of college is limiting young minds in many ways.

One way to change this issue is to lower the price of tuition. Make the cost reasonable and attainable for everyone. You being the President, could look at the average income each U.S citizen is making and base it off of that. By the average income I mean the middle class. After doing so, you will see how much more students would attend college and get a degree. The students are our nation's future so, why are we not making it easier for them to become successful?

It is difficult and stressful to try to figure out that much money when you are an 18 year old. When you are 18, there are many life changing events. Most students when they attend college don’t even know what degree they want to get. We should have colleges focus on helping each student fulfill their dreams. Paying for college is very important and each student should know what they are getting themselves into. However, college is all about getting life changing opportunities and achieving to be the best that you can be. Allow each student to focus on their dream career than, their debt. The young generations will always be our Nation’s future.


Isabel A

Billings Public Library

TA - Billings, MT

TA - Billings, MT

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