College Tuition Problems

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Students, from the time they enter school at a young age, “…have grown up understanding…” according to Joel and Eric Best (2013), “…that it is impossible to get ahead without a college degree.” (p. 113). However, it is getting harder and harder for students to attend college after high school, mostly due to the rising costs of tuition and living expenses on a college campus. There are a privileged few that are able to afford college out of pocket, but most have to attend a post-secondary institution taking out thousands of dollars in student loans. A problem does exist when it comes to the overall system of higher education, because “as college costs rose, fewer students were able to muster the resources needed to graduate from college debt-free.” (E. Best & J. Best, 2013, p. 48) However, there are ways to solve this problem, mostly by making sure that college is affordable to most, and making sure that college students receive degrees that would provide qualifications for a sustainable job in today’s market. The major issue when it does come to students being able to afford to attend a post-secondary institution is not …show more content…
During the Great Recession over the past decade, state governments, in order to balance their own budgets, have cut funding from post-secondary education, leading to tuition increases. The problem is compounded, according to Edwards et al. (2013), even more by universities using the scant funding that they receive for new buildings on the campus and to raise the pay of university administrators (p. 99). In order for college costs to come down, and be more affordable to more students, solutions have to come from both from an increase of funding, and smartly using

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