Trevor Kastenschmidt Part IV

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College is hard.  First applying and getting accepted, then applying for housing, setting a date to take placement tests, going to orientation and registration, meeting a roommate, applying for scholarships—there are many things a college student has to do before they are even a student.  Most of those actions above require payments also.  The price to get the best education and not become piled in debt is non-existent.  With tuition, room and board, and meal plans to pay for, the price of college is becoming too expensive. 

College has risen 225 percent since 1984-85 (Fox).  That is an insane amount of money, not to mention that education budgets have been cut by about forty percent since 1978 (Moreno).   That is a lot of money being taken from the education that students need to succeed.  With the recent college tuition surges, It is stretching families to the max to even try to pay for it (Schoen).    This leads to massive amounts of student loan debts.  For example, since 2003 the amount of students with debt has increased eighteen percent, and these student had over 20,000 dollars in debt (“Is a College”).  That is a large hole to start in when you are trying to begin your life. 

Also, after graduation many of the graduates are un- or underemployed.  Of those graduates fifty percent under the age of twenty-five do not have a full time or part time job (“Is a College”).  With no job, a graduate would not be able to pay for the loans he took out for his education.  The loans that add up to 1.2 trillion dollars total in the United States (Schoen).  Also, The more money a student borrows, the more the college is allowed to charge for the education (Wexler).  In addition, when a current student transfers schools, the number one reason given by the student and parents is that the college is “too expensive” (Mulhere).  If students are leaving school because of cost we must have something wrong with out education system.

Works Cited

Fox, Brooke. “Podcast: College Tuition and Student Loan Debt Are Too Damn High.” USA Today. Gannett Satellite Information Network, 12 Sept. 2015. Web. 09 Mar. 2017.

“Is a College Education Worth It?” ProCon.org. Procon.org, 27 Oct. 2016. Web. 27 Feb. 2017.

Jensen, Andrew. “Why Is College So Expensive?” Andrew Jensen: Efficiency Growth, & Marketing. Sozo Firm INC, 3 Dec. 2016. Web. 06 Mar. 2017.

Mulhere, Kaitlin. “No Matter Who’s Paying the Bill, College Is More Expensive Than You Think.” Time. Time, 11 July 2016. Web. 09 Mar. 2017.

Schoen, John W. “The Real Reasons a College Degree Costs so Much.” CNBC. CNBC, 08 Dec. 2016. Web. 09 Mar. 2017.

Wexler, Ellen. “Why Is Tuition So High.” Slate Magazine. The Slate Group, 16 Feb. 2016. Web. 09 Mar. 2017.

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4 Comments Add yours

  1. katiekrien says:

    Considering that we are about to enter into the college world, I have noticed all of the prerequisites required for college. College is extremely expensive, and the student loan rates are crazy with interest. One thing you could discuss is the interest rates that students look at. I’m not sure where to find that data, but I’m guessing I will soon because I’m going to have to take out loans. Also, another idea to look into to add to your great piece would be how a lot of students do not graduate in four years. Many students end up changing their major realizing that at 18 they did not know exactly what they were gonna do for the rest of their lives. Many students are forced to take a fifth year in order to fulfill their major requirements because of changing a major or the classes they needed were full before. That extra year not only costs them in loans, but also in a year they should have been making money to pay off previous loans. I hope that these ideas work for you, or they at least spark some kind of really awesome ideas for you. Overall, I think it is fabulous that you are addressing this controversial issue since with the recent Election there was a candidate who looked at cutting the costs of college. I am curious as to what will happen with college tuition in the years to come.

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  2. aliviakistler says:

    I like your topic! It was very interesting to read both Part III and Part IV as they fit together well. You discuss similar aspects of your topic for both viewpoints, which I feel is a great way to accurately convey the differing opinions. With Part IV I feel like you could include a personal story of a college graduate just to get a more personal connection between your writing and the reader.

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  3. knutsjes000 says:

    I like the topic you chose because it is relevant to our lives now as high school seniors. I think that it would be interesting to include, in part 4, a statistic that shows the tuition from a university in the 1980’s vs. the same university now so the reader can actually see the difference. Overall I really liked both part 3 and 4 because they cover the same general topics which helps the reader compare the sides to this discussion.

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  4. maascarla says:

    For part 3, I think that you should include more information on who qualifies for student aid. Also, I am curious to know where the money that students pay for tuition goes. For example, how much goes towards paying professors and administration, and how much goes towards facilities? For part 4, I would suggest including more information on what is the average salary vs. what the average amount of student debt is. In addition, you could use statistics on how many years it takes to pay off student loans on average.

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