Devon B. California

College Funds

Between the years of 2011-12 and 2016-17 college tuition went up 9% in public 4 year colleges. Does the tuition really need to cost more?

Dear Future President,

In between 2011-12 and 2016-17 college tuition went up 9% in public four year colleges according to "The average class of 2016 graduate has $37,172 in student loan debt, up six percent from last year." (Student Loan Hero) Considering rates went up 9% in PUBLIC colleges in 4 years, which is ran by the government, I don't believe tuition fees should be as high as the are. 

"Today it is 400% more expensive to go to college in the United States than it was just 30 years ago." (Business Insider) This is a little extreme, because there's no way that equipment to teach is 400% more expensive to make/pay for than 30 years ago. "The standard repayment plan for federal student loans puts borrowers on a 10-year track to pay off their debt, but research has shown the average bachelor's degree holder takes 21 years to pay off his or her loans." (US News) Imagine you're a student fresh out of college, and you have the first payment off your student loans as well as other bills. Most will not be prepared to pay off these loans.

The only really good solution I have seen so far is one from Hillary Clinton, Former Secretary of State, proposed when she was running for President this year (2016.) Her plan was to have more Pell Grants be sent out. I like this plan because I think it would've floated better than Bernie Sander's might've making the stock market pay for it all. Even though this plan is not perfect, it's good for a work in progress.

College tuition costs are a big problem in this country because to make a good living, you need to have some sort of higher education. College tuition is too high for many families. Rates going up 9% in 4 years and 400% in the past 30 years is not okay. I think anyone who becomes the President and if it's not fixed, should fix it. 

From, Devon B.