Making American Education Accessible At The Cold War Of College

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“You beg colleges to notice you and give you money, even though you 'll still be paying for college -- one way, or another for books, dorms, food, supplies, etc. If you really narrow it down to a basic summary, we beg colleges to take our money. It’s a corrupt, financially demanding system that will eventually crash on itself.” -Chris Zambrano, a School of Visual Arts college student.

Welcome to the Cold War of College -- fought by students, colleges and the government. It’s a long, drawn out battle with with little communication between all parties involved. This war has no end and all attempts at a solution have failed. It’s all a reactionary process, with an undefined origin.
Making American education accessible to all students is admirable, but unrealistic. All initiatives to do so have ramped up college tuition. According to Brigham Young University, colleges have raised their tuition by 55 cents for every dollar given to students by the Federal Pell Grant, (a sum of money granted to undergraduate students that does not have to be repaid). Additionally, every dollar received from a subsidized loan (a loan that gains interest after students graduate from college) causes colleges to raise their cost by 60-70 cents per dollar. To borrow more, is to pay more.
Where’s the origin of these astronomical costs? In the 1980s and 1990s, the legislative branch cut spending for higher education due to a demand for lower taxes. This later caused the budget deficit, causing colleges…

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