Dear Next President,
There is an issue that I am concerned about. Currently, I’m a 9th grader, but this issue has an affect on my future. That issue is the cost of college tuition.
As you know, college tuition has increased over the years. It has increased so much to the point where some families can’t afford to send their kids to college. According to the College Board, “The average cost of tuition and fees for the 2015-2016 school year was $32,405 at private colleges, $9,410 for state residents at public colleges, and $23,893 for out-of-state residents attending public universities”. Such a cost makes us who are college bound wonder what it’s going to be like, when it’s our time to go to college. The article Tuition Talk: Side Effects of College Costs states that “Risings cost also influence many students to drop out of college entirely”.
Personally, I think that our new president should focus on this particular issue, because it is of a great concern for the future of America’s youth. In comparison, to the cost of college tuition 4 years ago, to present day, the increase was about $3,349. Such an increase could be costly to middle class and underprivileged families in the years to come.
With the importance of education and the constant development of technology, a college education is essential to getting good jobs, so you can live a comfortable lifestyle. Not being able to afford a college education, is a disappointment to those of us who want to go to college. Rising tuition costs also impact students’ future careers. According to the article Tuition Talk: Side Effects of College Costs, “Thirty-six percent of college students start their own businesses as opposed to attending college, and 21% start a business due to unemployment. Not only does it affect college goers, but it also affects people who have graduated college. The high cost, creates a huge amount of depth”.
The high cost of college education is disappointing to those of us who want to go to college but can’t afford it. I hope some changes will take place by the time I’m entering into college. I’m hoping the incoming president will make the necessary changes, to make college more affordable in the years to come.