Many students who first attend college believe that it’s going to be a partying world, that taking finals and hanging with the friends will occupy most of one’s time. Yes, this somewhat true and dandy, until the first tuition statement comes in the mail. Debt.org reports that for the average 2014 graduate, he or she is graduating college with $33,000 in loan debt; happy graduation to you.
Every second, the average student accumulates around $3,000 in debt. Since 1980, tuition costs for colleges in the U.S. have risen 757 percent, rising higher than food and gas costs. With this in mind, many parents and upcoming students are asking the question, is college really worth it?
From personal experience, it is not a factor of is a college degree worth it, but that it is almost required if you want to escape the greasy life of a fry cook or sandwich artist.
By 2020, 65 percent of jobs will require some sort of higher education, according to a report entitled “Recovery: Job Growth and Education Requirements through 2020.”
The report also claims that the percentage of jobs which will require a high school diploma or less will continue to shrink.
Why is this so? If it is impertinent for an individual to have a college degree for a job, why cost, literally, an arm and a leg in order to obtain it? Thinkprogress.org states that nearly 80 percent of full-time students take at least one part-time job in order to help pay for tuition or the cost of living.
Honestly, I think this is ridiculous.
I am a full-time student working three jobs, two management positions and one desk job. I work, between the three, an average of over 35 hours a week, and am just making it. Between tuition increases, paying rent, utilities, buying groceries etc., I personally am barely scraping by.
While in college, there is no such thing as “extra money to blow” for me, unless you have one of those rich families that provide everything for you, including your beer money. My family could not offer me any help to attend college; I was strictly on my own with paying my way through school.
Yes, grants and loans are always helpful, but why would I want to push off paying for my schooling that I am in now, with loans that include interest? If obtaining a college degree is imperative to obtaining a decent paying, respectable job in society, then why are lawmakers and college officials making the cost to attend college such a financial burden?
Even after graduating college, the loans linger, the debt rises, the struggle gets harder. Instead of working through school and being able to buy a car or buy a home to establish yourself once you are out of school, many students are moving back home, working at the golden arches, trying to fill the pockets of Uncle Sam.
After college, the idea of getting married, starting a family, building or buying a home is delayed, pushed back, because the funds are not there.
Things need to change. If society believes that it is necessary for a student to obtain a job in his or her career field with a college degree, then why make the process harder than what it already is?
Eureopean countries offer free tuition and schooling to their students, allowing them to work through college and save money to actually begin their life after graduation.
I believe that is how it should be globally, that in order to ensure a brighter future you must first be able to provide the leaders of our current generation with the tools and means to succeed, and to succeed without filing bankruptcy while living with mom and dad.
The price for a better future should not be so high, especially if it is what is expected and demanded by societies around the world.