Cost Of College

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Everyday, colleges students wake up and just go about their day. Not once thinking about how college cost could be lower or how they can help make it lower. Linda Lee’s essay, “The Case Against College”, talks about the rising costs of college and the increased difficulty for students to afford to go through 4 or more years of higher education. The staff from the Center for College Affordability and Productivity’s essay, “25 Ways to Reduce the Cost of College”, talks about the 25 different ways that college costs could be reduced. As well, the US Department of Education also discusses the different formulas used to figure out the aid packages given out to students in need of aid. Furthermore, in Robert Martin’s essay, “How College Pricing …show more content…
The cheaper alternatives that students and other can utilize are encouraging more students to attend community college, promote dual enrollment programs, and by offering three year Bachelor’s Degrees. By encouraging more students to attend community college it can cut college costs almost in half by paying close to nothing. “Community college enrollments have shown a steady average increase of 5.2 percent annually since 1963, compared with 2.6 percent at public four-year institutions”(1). This percent shows that the encouragement to attend a 2-year community college has been gradually increasing and being taken seriously as a way to lower the total fee of their education. Another idea to cut the costs of higher education would be by promoting student to enroll in college courses while in high school to reduce the courses load. The uses of Advanced Placement courses and College Level Examination Programs in high school can drastically lower the price you will have to pay in college. “The total cost of a college education could potentially be reduced by up to 12.5%, which would lessen the financial burden on students and taxpayers. In fact, for every 1 million students entering college with a semester’s worth of early credits, the cost of college could be reduced by over $9.5 billion dollars”(7). Along with this figure I believe the other thing that could be fixed is bringing awareness to sophomore in high school about the opportunities open to them about saving money in the long run. However with the lack of awareness to those student including myself the costs of college are higher for the four years that I need to go to a university to complete my degree. Additional if schools offer three year Bachelor’s Degrees it would lower the cost of the degree because it would knock off the cost of one year of education.

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