In 1965, the United States legislature passed a historical legislation called the Higher Education Act of 1965. This was an important legislation intended to strengthen the resources of our colleges and universities and to provide financial assistance to students in postsecondary and higher education. Today, this act remains the foundation for most postsecondary education subsidies, including the Federal Pell Grant program. Since its inception, the federal government has continued to provide varying amounts of funding for higher education in hopes of encouraging college enrollment by reducing college costs. Yet, according to the Department of Education, the United States, once ranked a global leader in postsecondary education, has slipped to fifth in terms of proportion of 25-64 year olds holding a higher education degree and even more discouraging, has fallen to ninth in attainment among the younger generation, aged 25-34 (Department of Education). Could this be due the skyrocketing costs of college tuition and fees? Because college fees have increased more rapidly than grant levels, Pell Grants cover a lower proportion of total college expenses than it did a decade ago. Fortunately, the Obama administration wants to see this trend in higher education end and as a result has relentlessly fought to protect the program. Although the Pell Grant Program is currently secure, there are some that would like to see the government eliminate the program; however, any drastic cuts to the program would leave many students changing their college plans or unable to attend at all, thousands of students currently enrolled in school to dropout, and affect the nation’s already weakened economy.
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Families pay to send their children to college can put that family in a lot of debt. Each year college tuition increases. As an example. “All the while, the cost of tuition and fees has continued to increase faster than the rate of inflation, faster even than medical spending” (Martin 5). It’s getting harder and harder for families to pay to send their child to
An article written in 2015, by the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities explains that “States cut funding deeply after the recession hit. The average state is spending $1,805, or 20 percent, less per student than it did in the 2007-08 school year” (Mitchell and Leachman). With approximately 20 percent less per student given to educational institutes over the course of time, this will amount to a great deal of money lost and schools will need to adjust accordingly. Unfortunately, one of the ways that educational institutes are working to correct this is by increasing college tuition for students. When you do this, it is much harder for scholars to justify attending institute. Some individuals will argue that you are able to get financial aid. However, this does not turn out to be so for must students. This, again, is a setback in getting an education. An article writing by Michael Mitchell and Michael Leachman states that “In Arizona, published tuition at four-year schools is up more than 80 percent”. With this increase of education, how do students know where the money is being spent. Scholars would like to know that the cost of their education is not being spent incorrectly and are curious as to why the cost of education is increasing when there is no increase for them in the
Many college students depend on grants from the government to pay for their college education. Unfortunately, now more than ever, students are going to depend on those grants, because the Arizona Board of Regents has approved the raise of tuition at ASU, U of A, and NAU. The meeting for this approval took place on April 4, 2013. Regents gathered, and after the vote took place, the choice to spike up tuition was made. The incoming students at Arizona’s three major universities face a tuition rise of 3-5%; depending on which university they will attend (Associated Press). University students are not alone; students who attend any of the Maricopa Community Colleges will also deal with higher tuition, due to the lack of state funding. Many will blame the regents for making such an insensitive decision; however, they did what was best for the colleges. Regardless of the state cutting funds to the colleges, the schools still need those dollars for their facilities and programs. It is a necessary step that is needed for the schools to function properly. Increases to tuition rates for Arizona’s university and community college may cause burdens, but there are multiple benefits that are often overlooked.
So the system that is supposed to lead to financial stability later in life causes families to use nearly one hundred percent of their revenue in a given year to continue the cycle for their kin. The main culprit in this treacherous cycle is, you guessed it, the government. According to Paul F. Campos in his article “The Real Reason College Tuition Costs So Much” he cites Sandy Baum saying, “it’s not that colleges are spending more money to educate students, it’s that they have to get that money from someplace to replace their lost state funding — and that’s from tuition and fees from students and families.” (Campos). Essentially, the government has been cutting funding over the last decade due to various reasons. The recession in 2007 was a major contributor to this loss of funding. In fact, Lynn O 'Shaughnessy writes in her article “Why college tuition keeps rising”, “Since 2008, when the recession hit, total public funding for higher education has declined by 14.6 percent.” (.O’ Shaughnessy). Public funding is a lifeline for middle and lower class families when it comes to sending their children off to college, with such devastating cuts it is nearly impossible for
Much of the problem that students are facing today is caused by government spending on Iraq. Because of the government’s interest in oil and its assumption that Iraq possesses weapons of mass destruction, the military sends troops to stabilize the nation. As of 2009, the cost of Iraq war is a staggering $680 billion. Yet, after five years, the President has not succeeded in fulfilling his objectives, putting all that money spent to waste. If the money had been spent on education instead, it could have provided millions of people with plenty of financial aid. In spite of these difficulties, however, college education should be a right available for all citizens of California.
Tuition and fees has extremely risen over the past years which makes it extremely difficult for both social economic groups to invest in a higher education for their families. Today’s college students borrow and accumulate more debt than previous years (The White House). For instance, “In 2010, graduates that borrowed money graduated with owing an average of more than $26,000”(The White House). As a result, President Obama has expanded federal support to help more families and students to afford higher education (The White House). Also, he believes that it is a shared responsibility of the federal government, states, colleges, and universities for making higher education
For many young people in the United States college education signifies personal success, stable job and a good life. However, this promise seems to be overshadowed by recent student loan crisis. People like Mary, a 27 year old college graduate are forced to take entry level jobs with salaries that barely cover living expenses. Mary is the first one in her family to achieve higher education and despite the fact that her parents worked hard to help her with tuition costs she was still forced to take out a student loan. Mary is not alone, according to the Federal Reserve Board in New York there are over 37 million students with outstanding college debt. (Brown at al.) These numbers are constantly increasing and student loans have become a serious problem in our country.
Many students attend college to get a degree after they graduate. Some student’s cannot afford to pay out pocket, which is where financial aid comes into play, if the student qualifies. In William Hoar’s article “Drives Student Loan Federal Aid Crisis”, he