College and Tuition

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College education is a highly talked about subject among the presidents. For many years college education was not highly sought after or looked for, then when people who did go to college started getting better paying jobs than everyone else more and more people started to go to college. Since college is such a hot commodity these days the price of a college education is on a steady rise. Some experts have a very strong opinion as to why college education is on a rise and some believe that that it is not on the rise.

To begin to understand this issue, we have to first examine the history and the context from which it arose. The rise of tuition is mainly due in part because the colleges need more money to upgrade and stay on top of the technology era. There are also many other reasons why tuition is on the rise though. One writer states that, "As almost every state reels from the effects of recession and tax cuts, legislatures slash funding for higher education, the largest discretionary item in most state budgets." (Reed Jr., p.25). Another writer states, "A need to improve facilities, state budgets that are declining and inflation are all contributing to the rising cost of higher education, and there appears to be no end in sight." (Gallagher, The Augusta Chronicle). This same writer gives another reason, "Universities, private and public, have to raise tuition to cover the costs of new construction, renovations and technological advancements and to keep qualified professors." (The Augusta Chronicle). All of these statements show that there are many reasons why college tuition is on the rise, but they don't seem to make sense to me. There should be other ways that colleges are able to pay for these advances in technology and inflation besides just hiking up the tuition cost. The tuition cost is so high that they have plenty of money to pay for all of the technological advances that they want and still have money left over for others things that the school has to be able to pay for from the tuition from students.

In one presidential debate between Sen. John Kerry and President Bush, "Sen. John Kerry accused President Bush of under funding aid programs, while Bush touted college access as one of the top priorities of his economic plan." Both of the candidates seem to agree on one thing though, "Going to college just keeps getting more expensive." (Opening the College Gates) This goes to show that no matter who is talking everyone agrees that tuition is going to rise even more in the years to come. Later on in the same article the author states, "But while both candidates have offered an array of new financing plans, many analysts worry that neither man's proposals will come close to what is necessary to make college more accessible and affordable for everyone." If the candidates can't make college more affordable then the proposals don't make any sense. They should come up with proposals that will actually help student and parents pay for college instead of just making proposals for the sake of making proposals.

Bush has made a lot of promises, but one that I hope he holds to is one made in the article Opening the College Gates where it says, "Bush pledges to increase student aid by six percent and will try to link federal aid more closely to academics by offering a one thousand dollar scholarship to Pell recipients who take college-prep classes in high school, along with five thousand dollars more in aid to students who study math and science in college." If he holds up this claim then a lot more people will be able to hopefully afford college and keep enrollment rates up. On the other hand, "Kerry plans to give tax credits on the first four thousand dollars of tuition to all college students whose parents earn less than one hundred thousand dollars. The credit would cover one hundred percent of the first one thousand dollars and fifty percent of the rest – essentially...
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