Is College Really Worth It Analysis

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The Value of a College Degree Having a college degree is arguably one of the most important things you can achieve in your lifetime. In today’s society, it is getting much more difficult to survive without one. Most places of business that offer substantial wages and benefits require some sort of college degree. This is a problem for most people in the United States due to the fact that only 17% of the U.S. population has earned a college degree (Odland). Throughout Nickel and Dimed, Barbara Ehrenreich writes of the many obstacles that she runs in to while trying to live off of a few minimum wage jobs. It is my opinion, that a person can live better and have more opportunities to grow if they have a college degree. In the article “Is College Really Worth It” by Gil Weinreich, the Pew Research Center says, “on …show more content…

My parents always made enough money to get by and give my brother and me everything that we needed. However, when it came to funding my college education, there wasn’t enough extra money. So when I headed out to the University of Kentucky, I had a few little scholarships but I had to use a student loan to cover the rest. That is something no person wants to have to do because you’re automatically in debt before you even get started. College costs have been rising roughly at a rate of 7% per year for decades (Odland). College is too expensive for students to pay for as it is without the cost going up higher every year. People are realizing that they can’t pay for their education so they are not only turning to loans but, even worse, many are not attending at all. Four-year institutions experienced a 7.2% decrease in enrollment between fall 2011 and 2012 according to National Student Clearinghouse (Dickson). If that doesn’t tell you that we have a problem then I don’t know what

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