Dora L. New York

College Tuition

College is supposed to be pushing people ahead but instead it is holding them back. There are too many college students struggling to pay off their student debt.

Dear Mr. or Mrs. President,

My name is Dora, and I am a sophomore at BHBL High School in New York. I have two siblings in college and have learned from their experiences that college tuition is extremely expensive. I believe that education is one of the most valuable things people need and I think that it should be available to more people for a more affordable price. Too many college students are faced with the large problem of student debt, that will take them years to repay. According to US News, it takes the average bachelor's degree holder 21 years to pay off his or her loans. That is too long. College is supposed to help you and push you forward, but instead it is holding you back.

Not only is the price of college high right now, but it will keep increasing in the future. According to US News, in the past 20 years the average tuition and fees at private National Universities jumped 179 percent. Out-of-state tuition and fees at public universities rose 226 percent since 1995. In-state tuition and fees at public National Universities grew the most, increasing a staggering 296 percent.

The reason Bernie Sanders was so popular with the youth was because college students loved his ideas to lower the cost of colleges. The tuition of community colleges should be free. In order to do this, grants can be given to states. Also, the interest rates on student loans should be lowered.

I believe more people across the U.S. should have the chance to attend college for a more affordable price. Overall, it would benefit America and her people.