AP English 11
February 22, 2013
Is it really worth going to college, owing hundreds of dollars in order to get a degree in a profession to become successful and experienced in the real world? Today, as tuition costs increase students are questioning whether college is fit for them or not. For one, college can be really expensive, for example at the University of Minnesota for an undergraduate during the academic year of 2011-2012, the cost for one credit was $448.08 and $5,825 for a total of thirteen or more credits (“Undergraduate tuition”). A high school graduate that does not have a job may not necessarily have money so the only way to pay would be to take out loans and apply for financial aid. So is it not possible to become just as successful for a smart high school graduate to enter the workforce right after high school? I believe it is not a worth going to college because it’s too expensive, puts too much pressure on students and it’s entirely possible to become successful without a college degree. Is it really worth paying about $300 for one credit and more than a thousand dollars for a semester’s worth of classes? The National Center for Public Policy and Higher Education have reported that tuition has increased at a rate of 5.6% per year (Fairbanks). At this rate, going to college would definitely not be affordable for low-income families and possibly for the average paying citizen. Making those wanting to attend college unable because it is way too expensive. Not only is the course credit expensive but also the books and ____are overpriced. Sarah Miller, a research analyst at ConvergEx Group has stated that “students shelled out an average of $73,500 in tuition payments over last four years. And when measured against the $84,500 earned by those who entered the workforce four years ago, the college graduate is $158,000 in the hole. Add in student loans the deficit can top $200,000” (L.A. Times). The reason for tuition costs...
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