Essay The Cost Of Tuition Rates

1514 Words Oct 30th, 2015 7 Pages
As the United States seeks to become the world’s leader in higher education once again, the government has increased its emphasis on obtaining college degrees. Only thirty percent of adults in the United States have a bachelor’s degree or higher, which suggests the majority of Americans are not prepared for success in the workplace (Pérez-Peña, Richard). This small percentage is partially due to astronomical tuition rates. Over the last thirty years, college tuition rates have risen by 146 percent for private four-year college and 150 percent for public four-year college. The average cost of tuition for the 2014-2015 school year was $9,139 for in-state residents at public colleges, $32,231 at private colleges, $22,958 for out-of-state residents attending a public colleges, and $3,347 at two-year colleges (College Board). Most middle and low-income students cannot afford to attend college without some type of financial aid. Even with financial aid, many students accumulate an enormous amount of student loans that follow them years after achieving a degree. As the presidential campaigns of 2016 have begun, Chris Christie and Bernie Sanders oppose one another on how to increase college affordability and attendance. Christie believes that students should receive more financial aid while Sanders wants to make college free for undergraduate students. Chris Christie, a presidential candidate for the 2016 election, does recognize the issues of ballooning college tuition rates,…

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