AshleyRenae Maryland

High Cost of college tuition

There are many people in today's society who are being held back by money issues, and college tuition is a huge factor in someone's life.

Dear Next President,

Congratulations to you for winning the election. I have a few things that I would love to address with you.

There are many people in today's society who are trying to succeed in life, who are trying to obatin the best education, and there is just one thing holding them back. That issue is the high cost of college tuition.

According to the National Center for Education Statistic, “20.5 million students are expected to attend American colleges and universities, constituting an increase of about 5.2 million since fall 2000.” With that increase there are lots of people who are paying with money they probably don’t have. There are so many great schools around the world that have great opportunities that only come once in a lifetime, but there is an issue. That issue is the college tuition. “The College Board reports that a “moderate” college budget for an in-state public college for the 2015-2016 academic year averaged $24,061. A moderate budget at a private college averaged $47,831.” Many people, like me, have dreams that require going out of their hometowns and require travel to get to their ideal school and sometimes going across the country or maybe even moving a few states over.

College tuition is a huge factor in a young adult's’ decision about going to college. For some young adults, this is their first time being independent; this means they don’t know how to take care of themselves properly and they don’t have people to baby them anymore. Many of these young adults are pushed to go off to college, encouraged to live alone, get a job, and get an education all at the same. With the cost of college tuition and the cost of daily needs, it's a great deal of money. They are encouraged to do a lot, but some people don’t have the type of money to do this. This isn’t a one-time fee. College tuition is paid annually, and sometimes quarterly.

Personally, I feel moving out-of-state is the best option for me. In Maryland, I feel like there aren't any good opportunities to get out and explore the Criminal Justice field. When I go to an out-of-state school, I have an opportunity to do what I have always dreamed of, travel the world, experience things that I couldn't do in the state of Maryland. With that being said, I have to pay for plane tickets, pay for college books, pay for a vehicle, pay for a place to live, also college tuition. I have been doing college research so I can narrow down my choice, but everything is over $40,000.

With that being said, I am certain I am not the only one that would love the best for themselves. So please help the 20.5 million people, become the best that we could be, help us achieve our goals, and maybe even become the next president, or even the next John Heysham Gibbon, a very successful surgeon.