Kyle F. Michigan

Letter to next president

The price of a college education

Dear Future President,

In this letter I will be discussing one of the biggest conflicts in our country today, college tuition. As a freshman at Saline high school, I realize that college is four years away, but I am concerned about being able to pay for a higher education. As a freshman, I should not even be concerned about that, and that is part of what I will be discussing.

I, with many other classmates have recently realized how expensive college actually is. 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. I just got out of eighth grade, and the fact that I am even worried about being able to pay a college tuition, is concerning.

A normal teenager works a minimum wage job, making about 15k a year. To me, making that much a year and still paying for college loans is near impossible. With college being that expensive, we are not giving the kids who come from a less fortunate household a fair opportunity. Because the kids who come from a less fortunate household are mostly not able to afford college, they can not show us what they have to offer. According to, 83% of Americans can not afford college, that is concerning to me and many other people like me.

I believe that there are better solutions to this problem. I think that there should be a survey on every 17-19 year old in North America about their financial capabilities. I realize that this will not meet everybody's expectations, but it can make a large impact and help with the issue. Think about it, we are not even giving these young people a chance. This is the reason why our unemployment rates are so high, because most of America can not afford a higher education.

Dear Future President, I hope that this letter made a valid point. I hope that this letter represented the young adults in American and how college tuition is far out of our reach for most of us.

Sincerely, Kyle