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America Needs High School Incentive Programs To Help Students Pay College Expenses

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Throughout the lives of individuals, everyone imagines the dream job or the job that is going to make the most money. Most of these jobs need to make it so a higher education like college is needed to be able to even make it in the field. College is not by any means cheap, depending on what college is chosen, yes it can be less money but it is still thousands of dollars by the time the degree is earned. Many people that want to go to college cannot afford it, therefore cannot reach the dream job. In order to make college accessible to those who are truly deserving, incentive programs such as offering financial stipends which can be earned through academic success in high school need to be offered.
Whoever goes to college after high school are going to have a mountain of debts caused by student loans for the rest of the student’s life. College and universities are almost inaccessible to the people who want to achieve the dream job because of the high prices of college. In an article titled, “The Challenge of College Affordability: University of Alaska is a bargain in shaping the future” by Ashok K. Roy, it is stated that “The average student debt is approximately $26,600. Roughly $864 billion is out-standing in federal student loan debt while the remaining $150 billion is in private student loan debt”. People don’t have twenty-seven thousand dollars on hand to just pay for college out of pocket. Most people cannot even have breakfast, lunch and dinner, let alone spending money on college. Many students struggle with debt because of unemployment or under-employment. The same article stated, “The Center for the Study of Education Policy estimates that in 2012-13 the average tuition and fees at a four-year public universities was $8...

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In this essay, the author

  • Opines that a higher education like college is needed to be able to make it in the field. many people that want to go to college cannot afford it, therefore cannot reach the dream job.
  • Explains that college and universities are almost inaccessible to people who want to achieve the dream job because of the high prices of college.
  • Explains that transportation costs can rack up if the student lives off campus, but some colleges allow cars and the students use them a lot for shopping or doing activities outside of college.
  • Opines that higher education institutions need to use the resources that are already there and create something that can work without having to keep raising the price.
  • Explains that having student loan debt can cause stress on people's lives for many years and damage their dreams of getting a house or family. previous studies have shown that academic stressors are good models of naturally occurring stress.
  • Opines that academic stress can be the ultimate career stopper.
  • Suggests creating an incentive program where high school students who work hard to get good grades are rewarded with financial stipends to help with college tuition and fees, room and board, food services and transportation.
  • Explains that some state welfare reform initiatives are using or proposing financial sanctions and incentives to increase school attendance. the key to helping people create development is incentive.
  • Explains that if a person has one motive to do something, and then gets money after that, the incentive to motivate them increases.
  • Explains that college expenses are too much when trying to pay for college, without parents help and getting in debt with student loans. the solution is to have high schools have incentive programs to get the student to do well in school, for good grades in classes, and get stipends.
  • Analyzes how debt stress causes health problems, according to nbc news and the associated press.
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