For the many high school students graduating this year, how would they react to receiving two free years of community college? Majority of high school students would be very excited to have two free years of community college and it would reduce some of the stresses that come with going to college. Right now President Obama is trying to implement a two year free community college plan that would allow high school students wanting to go to college an option for many of the on-the-fence types of high school students today. High school students who before did not think that they would be cut out for college because of financial reasons are not going to worry anymore about this issue. President Obama’s proposal comes with a few requirements that
What 80% of college bound students do expect, however, is a professional occupation after college, compared to only 42% of previous generations (Schneider 5). So, while more people expect to go to college than before, more of those who expect to go to college also expect to be better rewarded for it than students in the 1950s. This is another example of misaligned ambitions, but were the majority of those students successful, it could be overlooked. Instead, what we are finding is that today’s students are not prepared to succeed in a university environment. Only 34% of students who were freshmen in 1989 finished their bachelor’s degree in four years, with an additional 24% finishing in five years.
The most important in my case and many low income students is trying to attend college and being able to pay without going into debt. I find myself, since 2010, hearing the same stories of previous college graduate, who have gone into debt by the time they reached their sophomore year of college. Excited to venture out into the “college life,” I begin to notice that paying for college isn’t like paying a couple of fees in high school. Although college has brought many advantages to our society, paying for it hasn’t. By the age of fourteen we enter a whole different atmosphere, to than find out that right as we’re getting comfortable we have to leave our high school life and start fresh in college, but we notice that college is just like high school, except this time around we have to pay to get an education in a “free” country.
every child, every unborn child should know that college comes first but in todays world it’s so different now that the economy has went down. most high school students think they can get by with a diploma and a nine to five job with a flexible schedule in my opinion college is not only important but it will open may doors for you that have never been open or doors that were close can reopen once people or companies see that you went to college and got a degree college can give you a lot of things to look forward to when starting and completing. some people really don’t know the value of college and what it can do for your life in the long road because people usually focus on the time frame of like how long is it going to take or when will i be done but the most and intense part that is focused upon is the debt that you inquire while applying and attending college. i’ve had many people tell me that college was a waste of time because all I'm doing is chasing an off white piece of paper with bold words on it and my name at the top but what they fail to realize is the off white paper with the bold words with my name at the top will make m... ... middle of paper ... ... taken seriously because it can open many doors for your life and your children's future I think if more people speak and introduce high school students to more college activities then they would apply and attend. for people to understand college and the way it works they need to stop focusing on the time frame and the cost they also should understand what you put into college you will get it back in the ing run such as money, time, blood, sweat and tears.
According to USA Today only 32 percent of seniors who graduated from the class of 2001 were anywhere close to being college ready in a study by the Manhattan Institute (Toppo, The USA Today, 9D). This article seems not to support the idea that students are being prepared well enough by educators and parents, but that was eight years ago. The statistics have changed since 2001. The Wall Street Journal reports during the 2008 and 2009 school academic year that only about a quarter of America’s 2009 graduating high school seniors who took the ACT admissions test had the skills to succeed in college (Tomsho, The Wall Street Journal). Students are encouraged at a young age by parents and educators to plan well in advance for college and pressured to do great on a daily basis in school.
4-year schools require an incredible amount of maturity and preparation, leaving very little room for mistakes. Schools often overlook this aspect because their main goal is to get as many students into 4-year college as possible. This is a great goal to have however they send students off to college who aren’t ready to be handle the difficult of their courses while being away from home. My senior year of high school, my family and I came to the conclusion that we were not going to be able to afford four-year college tuition. This upset me at first because I felt like all my hard work and good grades went to waste.
So while your in a crucial time in your life where the decisions you are making will affect your future, do you really want to be spending hundreds of thousands of dollars in the process? Probably not. Going to a two year school gives everyone a chance to have the same college environment and learning experience as a university for a fraction of the price. In the article “Two Years Are Better Than Four” the author, Liz Addison, goes into great detail on why going to college is not only necessary by why a junior college can get you just as good of an education as a university. A two year school will let anyone in and allow the student to just begin, which is something that the author feels strongly about.
There are scholarships, grants, and financial aid available to students but that doesn’t help everyone. Students that perform well in high school with grades, attendance, and keep a good GPA seem to get all the money they can for college. From personal experience, I was a good student in high school, had a 3.6 GPA, all A’s and B’s, and perfect attendance throughout all four years of high school. I applied for many scholarships my senior year and received a substantial amount. Along with that, I also applied for financial aid, which helped me out, but still didn’t cover all of the college tuition I had.
Most students that try to get a bachelor 's degree will not achieve their goal in four years, most students will take between five and six years to get a bachelor 's degree. Not everyone is qualified for college therefor they should not attend college for free. Andrew Eichen states “Free tuition would encourage many more students to attend college, irrespective of their aspirations or interests.” Free college will also lead to the overcrowding of public universities “paying students, who are deeply invested in their studies, may be placed into overcrowded classes or worse, get locked out of them. Whatever the result, free tuition would lead to limited capacity at public universities, and in turn, lower-quality public education” (Goldrick-Rab and Kelly). Free college would lead to a potentially overeducated and under-qualified workforce.
Everyone “floods” into the college for “American dream” But, in fact, no more than half of those students can get degree within six years, some of them even can’t graduate with degree which can be defined as the value of higher education. So, we have to think it seriously, is it necessary for everyone to go to the university at risk? Or students should go to the on-the-job apprenticeship training like what professor Lerman said “some of the people coming out of those apprenticeships are in more demand than college graduates”. It is true that this kind of students who actually managed things in workplace can get more chance of jobs. However, they only have experience of work but not the creativity and potential.