Bryan R. California

Putting a Price Cap on What We Learn

College is overpriced and something needs to be done about it

Dear Next President,

First off, congratulations on being elected to the head of our country Mr. President. The last couple of months have been at times difficult to keep the nation listening to your innovative ideas. However, that didn’t come without some type of college education, right?

The times have certainly changed since you were in college a mere 45 years ago at the least. From 1980-2014 college tuition has increased 260%. In 1974, college tuition was half the average car coming around 2,000 dollars a year. Today college tuition can cost 10,000 to 30,000 dollars a year depending if it's a public or private. That's at least 5 time the amount it was nearly 40 years. Along with that, around 21 million people attend a post-secondary institution. 83% of Americans can’t afford college and 71% of students graduating from a 4 year college had some type of loan debt. This shows colleges are extremely expensive and are seemingly overpriced.

By this point it seems like you don’t need to worry about your competitors, but you should take some of their ideas into consideration. Example’ Bernie Sanders said, “In America, college tuition is increasingly unaffordable. In a highly competitive global economy, which country do you think will have the best educated workforce and a competitive advantage?” He also said in the same quote, “We must make tuition free in public colleges and universities and substantially reduce interest rates on student loans.” Pinpointing that problems we face is the fact we are making kids and families have to spend their savings on tuition that is crazy high in cost.

Take into consideration that College is free in Germany, Finland, and Norway. Those just happen to be also ranked one of the most happy countries on earth. College may not be the only reason, but it is a big one when most of our countries kids are either pushed to go to college or raised with the question of “Will you go to College?”.

I know with all this you can’t possible make colleges free in your first term, and possible not even if you had as many terms as you wanted. Although you can help reduce the prices by reducing student loans, college tuition, and increase sponsors. You doing your best to reduce or help out kids see that college is possible will maybe motivate them to see past a high school diploma. It will increase our national exploration into greater minds that might not have the money to afford the colleges they want right now. But you, Mr./Ms. President have something that Obama doesn't 4 new years and a new look at those that need help. So, I write to you today, Ms./Mr. President, to help kids look for a higher education and not be looking at the prices for one.


Bryan R.

Santa Clara High School

Flowers English 9 Honors

Students in Flowers English 9 Honors Class

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