What Is The Value Of A College Education Essay

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“The value of a college education is not the learning of many facts but the training of the mind to think” (Albert Einstein). Most believe a successful future comes from education, specifically a higher education like college. Children grow up with the notion that in order to be successful, you must go to college. When a person hears “college degree”, they connect it with a good job, benefits, and what people think is the most important, a good salary. When it comes to attending college, more and more students are becoming hesitant. With the cost of college tuition increasing every year, less people are able to afford the costs or they drown in debt for years after they graduate. Making college more affordable will open up more opportunities …show more content…
“Up to 40 percent of low-income students who are accepted to college in the spring never make it to the first day of class in the fall” (Kolodner). Most students can not afford the high tuition costs and do not attend college even when they deserve to go. This is especially true in low-income households. Students strive for excellence in high school only to be disappointed because they can’t afford to go to the college they’ve always aspired to attend. Reducing the tuition cost for each student based on their GPA will not only make college more affordable, it will also encourage students to do well in high school. Those who get a GPA of 3.5 to 3.9 will get 10% off their original tuition cost. Those who have 4.0 will get 20% off their tuition and the students who have above a 4.0 will receive 30% off their tuition. Some people will argue that this system will not be fair to all students going to college. Most of those people believe in more traditional routes a student can take when trying to figure out how they are going to pay for college. According to a study conducted by Michaels Opinion Research “American parents of college students and college-bound high school students reveals a significant level of stress, concern and confusion about the increasing costs currently associated with …show more content…
Parents drill this into their kids brain from the time they can speak. Although, it’s hard to be “successful” when the price of the that success is so expensive. College tuition has increased tremendously over the past thirty years and the number is only going to get higher. There are fewer people attending and even applying to college every year. “Between 2012 and 2013, the Census Bureau reported last week, 463,000 fewer people were enrolled in college” (Pathe). This number will continue to increase if we don’t make college more affordable for every person, regardless of race, sex, or social class. College can be much more affordable by making online textbooks free, lowering the cost of tuition and making transfer credits applicable at every college. If the college school systems do not make this change, there will eventually be fewer people interested into pursuing a higher

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