Why Colleges Need to Lower Tuition
For lots of people after high school, if they want to further their education they choose to go to college. However, many people can not do this because of one reason, the cost. In my opinion, i feel like colleges should lower the cost because it would help out many people by giving them a better opportunity to further advance their education.
In a 2013 article written by Chris Pumphrey titled Side Effects of College Costs, Pumphrey states many facts about how the price of college tuition is higher than it needs to be. One way he shows this is how he states that “only 66% of students with parents very concerned about finances applied to college, as opposed to the 90% of students whose parents are not concerned with finances.” This shows how many students can't afford to attend college and are therefore missing out on an opportunity to enhance their education. In my opinion, this isn't fair and there should be a change to this. Also, in this article, Pumphrey includes an infographic that shows how many things that students in debt have to delay mostly because of the debts that a college degree left them. One example of this is how almost 40% of students with debt will delay buying a house. This, along with many other things people need to delay getting are some of the main reasons why we need to make a change to the amount of tuition schools need.
Another article that shows how we need to make a change to the price of college tuition is the article written in 2016 by John Schoen titled, Why Does a College Degree Cost so Much? In this article, Schoen shows how we need to lower the price of college by stating how “millions of students and families every year are forced deeper into debt to make up the difference.” This piece of the excerpt shows how we need to make a change because many students can not pay off college immediately, thus forcing them to pay it off later. I agree with what Schoen is talking about and i think we should make a change to the tuitions many colleges are needing. Along with this article, Schoen includes a graph that shows how much more tuition is compared to many other expenses. For example, in 2014, college tuition was up 110% from 1994, which was only 22 years ago.
Finally, back in May 2015, Steve Sack, a cartoonist for the StarTribune, published a cartoon about student loans. The cartoon shows how every student after high school is affected by loan payments. In my opinion, this needs to change because with the amounts of people there are enrolled or enrolling at colleges, there should be more than enough profits to at least lower the tuition. This should be true because, with the pricing that comes with tuition, and all the people enlisted in colleges, many colleges can afford to lower the total cost of tuition.
For lots of people after high school, if they want to further their education they choose to go to college. However, many people can not do this because of one reason, the cost. Hopefully with this letter, I have helped persuade you Mr or Ms President, to act on this.
Pumphrey, Chris. “Tuition Talk: Side Effects of College Costs.” Campus Riot. 25 April 2013. Web. 21 June 2016
Schoen, John W. “Why Does a College Degree Cost So Much?” CNBC. Web. 21 June 2016.
Sack, Steve. “Student Loan.” Cagle. 30 May 2015. Web. 21 June 2016.