“An important pathway to the middle class now runs through higher education, but rising costs are making it harder and harder for ordinary Americans to get the education they want and need” ( Sanders). Many student who’s families can not easily afford the cost of college often do not further their education after high school. Students that know that their family struggles with money already don’t want to ask for more so that they can go to college. As the cost of college has been on the rise many have talked about wanting to provide students with a free college education. Many bring up that the states grant their students with free public education till they complete the twelfth grade.
There may be just as many reasons kids may not want to go to college, but with that are also some good reasons to go. Going to college may not be the best choice for everyone, but it can provide many great opportunities for the future. Young adults who attend college could potentially earn more money, have better job opportunities and learn some responsibility while living on campus. Life is not all about having or making a lot of money, but it can make life better. Money is used in our everyday lives and is needed to support us.
Somewhere along the way Americans began supporting the idea that all students should go to College. Students get the idea by the time they are in middle school that they need College to be successful. There are so many loopholes around college as well as evidence showing that having a degree doesn’t mean person A makes more money than person B. College isn’t for everybody, and people can go get their 3 year degree only to find out that the whole experience wasn’t worth anything to them and now they have all their student debt to deal with. College, unfortunately, is very expensive; However, in America we have many options for students to pay for their education, almost all ways of paying tuition put students in debt.
The topic continues to complicate itself with the point Tiffany Hsu made. She states how employers require a college degree. Most employers will ignore applicant without a college diploma. I agree with Hsu perspective that job searching will be made more difficult without a college education. Do I think college is right for everyone?
Thousands of people who graduate high school consider the option of going straight into the work force or going to college to further your education. However some don’t consider college because of the cost of tuition. College is worth the expense of tuition because even though student loan debt and tuition can be a problem there are ways out of that situation. The first reason college is worth the expense of tuition is that Scholarships help pay for school. If your heart is set on a certain career and you want or require a degree, you can use those scholarships to pave the way to your dreams of having a lifelong career that you furthered your education for.
Although college can be expensive when looking at the cost of tuition, extreme benefits will come attending the higher education. Attending college would benefit students in the future because it allows them to learn interpersonal skills, there are many jobs that require college degrees, and college graduates make more money. People think college is just for getting an education but there are many things going to college will benefit in including getting to know more people and learning interpersonal skills. Learning interpersonal skills like communication and creating relations is a big part of the workload after college, students say they ranked "interpersonal skills as the most important skill used in their daily lives in a 1994 survey of 11,000 college students.” (procon.com). College teaches social skills by talking to classmates or professors and by learning these skills students say that it helped and was useful in professional life when having to talk to new clients or people.
The cost of college has gone up dramatically. But for many families the high cost of college streches budgets to the limit and forces students to take on increasing amounts of debt (“ Reasons To Save For College”). By saving money and hopefully having good savings you could easily save yourself a couple thousand dollars by just simply planning and saving for
There are also some reasons why going to college may not be a good plan after high school. Some students might not have prepared well enough to go to college while they were in high school (www.blog.prepscholar.com). They may have scored low on the ACT which will lead to college costing too much. Some people wait too long to try to get financial aid and then have to come out of pocket to pay for it. If you do have to borrow money for college, the debt lasts a very long time.
Why Should People Attend College… Many people attend college but don’t understand all that comes with the benefit of attending college. There are people that don’t get the opportunity to attend college because of many reasons like having kids early, financial issues, and some just believe they are not smart enough to really make it. Though I don’t find the last excuse a valid enough reason to not attend school, a lot of people use that excuse to justify why they are not going to school. But let me just tell you, you are truly missing out on a great college experience and all the good things college must offer due to you not attending. The many good things college must offer is it broadens your horizon, helps you network, better opportunities,
The second question can be a little more complicated because everyone has their own reasons, and now, I will tell you my reasons for why college is important. The reasons that college is important to me are the college experience and job availability. When I say job availability, I’m not saying that you can’t get a job without a college education, but it is increasingly easier to get a job with one. In most cases, in order to be competitive in getting jobs like doctors, architects, and scientists, but in other cases, it pays to have some sort of college education, because someone with a college degree is more likely to get hired for a job than someone who doesn’t have a degree. Those with a college education are usually paid more than those without a college education and you don’t need stats to figure this one out.
I agree with this article. For-profit colleges help people in their education in a lot of different ways. However, many people earn a degree to get a job. If the debt that they procure while doing so is more money than that which the degree can help pay off, that degree will have lost its meaning. Andrew Hacker and Claudia Dreifus support this argument in their article “Are Colleges Worth the Price of Admission?” when they criticize colleges for not focusing on the right priorities to aid undergraduate learning.