University education unattainable for low-income students

education-investment_27278-11For most people, going to college is way too expensive for what it’s worth. In the past 20 years, college tuition even for in-state has increased immensely. In 1998, the average cost of college tuition was roughly $3,200 and about $8,800 for out-of-state tuition.

Today, the average cost of in-state tuition is about $10,800 and $26,500 for out-of-state. Within 20 years that is a $7,600 and $17,700 increase, respectively.

Do college administrators expect all incoming students to be rich or something?

But that’s when FAFSA comes in.

Yes, financial aid is very helpful and is something all colleges recommend doing early. What people don’t like about FAFSA is the amount of money they give students, because not everyone gets grants and if they do it might not be what they expect it to be.

For some people, they can get a full-ride, or at least enough money to not be in student debt for their entire life.

For others, they don’t get anything or they get very little from the government.

The thing about FAFSA is that the amount of money you get is based on your parents’ combined yearly income.

If your parents only make $40,000 a year, you could get a decent amount of money — but if your parents make $100,000 a year, you won’t be getting very much at all in financial assistance. This is what makes college difficult for many people.

Money is a big issue when it comes to college, and I just don’t think colleges really care about their students’ money struggles.

It is also completely unreasonable how colleges expect your parents to pay half your tuition as well. If your parents are filthy rich, they will probably have no problem paying for your college.

For people in middle- and lower-class families don’t receive as much money from their parents.

It costs even more with room and board, not only do you have to pay for the room and all the fees that come with that but, you also have to pay for a dining plan which is required.

An average, full-time student will have about four classes per week which also means that you will have to buy textbooks for those classes as well.

Costs of textbooks vary, but many cost over $100.

Do college administrators really think every student has extra money?

To not only pay for tuition and all the extra fees that come with that, but to also spend $500-plus on textbooks as well?

Some students make the decision of taking either a semester, year, or even more than that off of college to take time to save up money.

Many college advisors don’t recommend taking a gap year because it could affect their ability to learn, but it’s something many students do to save up money.

For students that actually want to go to college and achieve goals but don’t have the money to do so it makes things hard.

I’m not saying that colleges should give students money for no reason, but students that actually try to do well in school and make an effort should get some kind of financial help.

For future students, college administrators should consider making scholarships more easily available for those with money issues.

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Katrina Schacht

Current Opinion Editor of The Viking Voice

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