Cost of College Controversy

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One of the major pieces to becoming a successful business man/woman is receiving a college education. A college degree is viewed as a necessity and is slowly becoming an unreachable goal for some people. Most believe that the cost of college has been rising and continues to rise, and that the rate of increase is outpacing that of other costs (NAICU). As the cost of college rises, families have to change their way of life to be fortunate enough to send their children to college. Along with changing how families’ live, many other problems are produced in various ways. The cost of college should be lowered because it imposes a burden on parents and their children, causes some students to alter their choice of which college to attend, and prevents some students from even going to college.

When the time comes to talk about college, a large number of questions arise. Although many come forward, the first question is if college is even affordable. The main problem families’ face is the difficulty to pay for college, especially with the current economy’s condition. Patrick Callan, president of the National Center for Public Policy and Higher Education, states “Given the financial hardship of the country, it’s simply astonishing that colleges and universities would have this kind of increases” (Lewin). What if a young adult has a dream to attend a certain university in a different state? Residency regulations cause the cost of out-of-state schools to raise tuition to almost three times the cost of in-state; however, this alters many students’ decisions on where to attend college. While personally experiencing this problem, I was forced to go to an in-state school instead of following my dream and attending Auburn University. ...

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... will benefit everyone by providing more opportunities for everyone to learn as much as possible, and in the end, improving our country.

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"NAICU - Demystifying College Costs: What Consumers Want to Know." Demystifying College Costs What Consumers Want to Know. NAICU - National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities, Aug. 2008. Web. 23 Mar. 2011.
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