College Tuition Pros And Cons

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College Tuition Inflation, a Dilemma
College has been described as almost necessity to prosper in the United States. Then why is it that tuition for college changes depending on how much your family earns? Or, why is it that majority of America either drops out of college or simply, does not attend? The ticket price of a higher education should not vary as much as it does. Even with this variation, there is still a struggle that occurs with many families. Almost every family in the United States in some way has had a talk about college and its tuition. In some instances, the conversation has led to a “Sorry, but we cannot afford it.” However, the costs of college tuition are escalating at an all-time high. With rising tuition costs, a fixed
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This is a topic that has been brought up frequently in the political campaigns for the white house, which means that two or more different opinions exist. Business CEO and governor Robert Duckeson best explains this in his article “Rising College Costs Threaten America’s Future and Require Shared Solutions”. Duckeson explains throughout his article why government funded tuition is ideal. As stated by Duckeson, “Many institutions- public as well as private- are stepping up efforts to increase revenues from fundraising, auxiliary enterprise income, and other non-student sources. Institutions can further reduce the load that tuition must carry to achieve institutional revenue goals” (3). The context of this statement is an important part of his argument. Duckeson emphasizes the importance of University input. Through government-funded tuition, Universities put students in the ideal situation of no student debt. With no student debt, this proves to be a cost-effective solution for the student, however, not for the government. "The cost of educating an undergraduate student in a particular subject area is roughly the same at Pennsylvania State University, a public institution, as it is at Cedar Crest College, a private one is flat-out wrong” (Hochner, par. 4). Professor of Hochner of the University of Philadelphia examined this solution. Every institution charges a different amount for a reason, the reason being their individual needs. These individual needs cannot all be paid for by the National government. David Feldman a professor of Economics and Department Chair for the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia agrees with Hochner. “A major driver of tuition is the actual cost of providing the service. This is what the schools themselves spend on their programming for students, and this is where we begin the story of the cost of attendance” (par. 4). They argue that

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