The as citizens, push for more affordable college education?
The bottom line when it comes to college education in America is that it needs to be affordable for everyone. Currently, it’s not. Sure, Obama made some headway here, increasing the amount of the Pell Grant, but that still only covers a small percent (about 30%) of tuition at a four-year public university.But college, in general, is more expensive than it’s every been. Tuition at many public four-year universities has doubled in the past 30 years. And that’s after inflation adjustment. Student loans have doubled as well, with the average graduate owing at least $27,000. Can we, as citizens, push for more affordable college education? Plans have been proposed to no avail in Congress, such as Paying the Price, which is a plan where public colleges are funded and given free rein to allocate resources to students. They could allow students to get their associate degree for free, meaning that they charge no tuition, no book fees, housing, etc. Just as primary education is free, the first two years of college ought to be free too. In addition, we could push for tuition freezes, increase funding for federal work-study programs, and make sure they are actually being utilized, push for college book fees to be lowered, as they are ridiculously expensive, and assist students in getting all the financial aid that they qualify for. Only 1 out of every 10 individuals from low-income homes achieve a bachelor’s degree. High-income families? 5 out of 10. However, far too many students in any income bracket are not finishing college due to financial strain. With many already having more student loan than they can stomach, many simply drop out.Thus, we really need the states to invest more into higher education, and help institutions do all they can to make a college education more affordable.There must be an increase in grants, like the Pell Grant, helping students each year until they graduate. Textbooks must be made affordable. Currently, students pay over $1000, and sometimes up to $2000 a year for textbooks. That’s beyond ridiculous. Educating high school students on the many options for attending college, and applying for grants and aid, needs to be a priority. Many high school students, and especially those in low-income homes, do not even think of attending college because they don’t think they can afford it. They should be able to afford it no matter what their income is. So, pushing for more education and awareness in high schools around the country is necessary. Let’s not let our students down, pushing for laws and legislation that makes a college education affordable for all income brackets.