Why Students Should Increase Funding Public Colleges And Universities

942 Words Sep 28th, 2015 4 Pages
Having a college degree in the job market today is a requirement. Gone are the days of finding a well-paying job and working your way up the ladder to a position of comfort and respect. Many people are aware of the status of the job market and are willing to take on college to find a better life. However, student loan debt and a low hiring rate are dooming today’s students to poverty before they even get started. The government provides some assistance, but they could do more. The US government should increase funding to public colleges and universities. Today’s youth are facing a predicament. The current job market practically requires a person to have a college degree if they want a job with a decent wage. At the same time, the job market has hit a slump where, even with a degree, one cannot find a job. To make matters worse, college graduates are leaving college with a large amount of debt thrust upon them. Student debt was not always a huge concern for undergraduates in the past. In the 1980’s, the government provided a large amount of assistance to those who needed it. Pell Grants in the 1980’s covered about two thirds of a student’s first year of tuition. However, recently student debt has become commonplace. The Institute of College Access and Success claims, “Seven in 10 seniors (69%) who graduated from public and nonprofit colleges in 2013 had student loan debt, with an average of $28,400 per borrower” (“State”). These figures do not represent students…

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