Colleges Must do More Essay

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College is the best time of a person’s life. This may be true for some, but for adult students it is usually anything but the best time of their life. Adult students, often referred to as nontraditional students, are entering college in record numbers. The influx of nontraditional students can be attributed to a number of reasons. Many adults have found themselves unemployed since the onset of the recession in the United States, and cannot find suitable work. The ever decreasing job pool consists mostly of positions that require a college degree of some sort. Other adults are simply looking to further their education or advance in their current career field; while other adults are looking to completely change their career field. Most …show more content…
The article “Update: College Tuition Costs” reports, “According to a report by the National Center for Public Policy and Higher Education, median family income rose 147 percent between the years 1982 and 2007; meanwhile, college tuition rose 439 percent during that same time span” (1). With the cost of college tuition increasing at a rate nearly three times the rate of family income, it is easy to see why many adults feel a higher education is out of reach. Even with the ever increasing cost of tuition, we are still seeing record enrollment numbers in the United States. The article goes on to report, “A record 18.4 million students enrolled in U.S. colleges for fall 2009” (1). Many students rely on financial aid to help offset the high cost of tuition, but far too often it is not nearly enough. “Demand for financial aid ‘has never been greater, and money has never been lower,’ says Iris Godes, assistant vice president of enrollment management at Quinsigamond Community College in Worchester, Mass” (1). A headline found in The Anniston Star newspaper (Anniston, AL) on April 18 of this year reads, “JSU tuition climbing 12.8 percent this fall” (1). Colleges must not only make an effort to curb their yearly tuition increases, but also look for ways to bring tuition costs down.
Lower tuition rates could be achieved if colleges cut frivolous spending. As with any business or household, colleges must craft a budget each year. This budget must be closely scrutinized;

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