m.a. Louisiana

College Prices

These prices are beginning to be way too high and should be lowered.

Dear Future President,

College is very important to the lives of many people in today’s world. The automatic assumption of some, is after high school, they attend college. High school is mainly supposed to prep a student for college and later pursuing a career. This may seem great but some are not able to follow the known ‘pattern’. The reason being is because tuition prices are increasing every year and are unaffordable to some. The real question is what will be done about this problem affecting people all over the world? I think that the cost of college tuition should be lowered so that a lot more people can get the better education that they deserve and want.

Americans today tend to believe that it is easy to simply take out a loan and pay their tuition and be finished but, that is not the case. There are indeed side effects to the high prices of tuitions on families and the student. Chris Pumphrey states in the article Tuition Talk:The Side Effects of College Costs, “Many students take out multiple loans in an attempt to combat rising tuition costs; however, the additional debt can sometimes set them back in more ways than they anticipate. Often, young adults delay buying their first home due to rising debt. Unable to live on their own, many graduates are forced to move back home with mom and dad. Also, when students are forced to delay buying their first home because of student debt, they are more inclined to delay getting married, having children, and pursuing medical/dental care.” . In other words, the author is saying that there can be delays in life with taking out loans. This delays can be in their careers or future decision. Statistics show that community college is much cheaper than a public university, which can result in many people going there instead of a somewhat better one. I agree that there are delays in life dealing with these high student loans because my experience watching my sister confirms it.

The cost of college tuition has a reason to why it is so expensive. The rates of the cost over the years have gone up at an alarming rate compared to the years in the 70’s. The article from CNBC reports that, “The average cost of tuition and fees at a private, non-profit, four-year university this school year was $31,231—up sharply from $1,832 in 1971-1972 (in current dollars). At public, four-year schools, tuition and fees cost about $9,139 this year. In the 1971 school year, they added up to less than $500 in current dollars, according to the College Board.” . The article’s point is to show the price change of tuition and its major increase over time. The prices of tuition not to mention the application fees can be hard to meet for four or more years of college.

What can the solution possibly be? Americans may assume that college can be free, but is that necessarily the answer? This is a wonderful idea but this dream has many problems with outcomes that will affect America’s economy as a whole. According to The New York Times, “A national push for tuition-free college would strain public budgets even further, leading to shortages rather than increased access. And because middle and upper-income students will gobble up many of the free public slots, rationing will hurt those who need access the most. “. The article by Andrew P. Kelly is insisting that, the idea of free college may sound good but will not produce any good.

College is a very important life and learning experience in life. The effects of the high costs of tuition is leading a bad effect on applicants. The cost of college tuition makes it harder for people to experience this because of the loan weight and troubling cost. There must have a solution to this problem so that more people can have this education and create more jobs, essentially better-ing our economy. More people should be able to live the college life and gain knowledge and life-skills.