Sociology Research Paper

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In society there are many troubles that the youth of our generation face. These problems can range from STD's to bullying to segregation. One problem many individuals face in today's society is dropping out from college.Granted, some students drop out because they’re too lazy to apply themselves, while others drop out because they really aren’t interested in obtaining a higher education and only enrolled to please their parents or because their friends were going to college. But, according to a study conducted by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation in 2009, the main reason students drop out of college is “because they need money for survival” (Allgov.com). The reasons why students dropout will be explored in this project. They will also be proven with reputable sources.

It is known that college dropouts are a trouble in society but one question many people have is why these students drop? One reason students drop out is lack of financial support beacause they feel as is they need to work to survive. Unlike in the past, many students today work and have families, and although they might receive financial aid of some sort, it’s not enough to live on or to support a family. Complicating the problem, according to Jean Johnson, executive vice president of Public Agenda, is the fact that few working students receive any financial assistance from their families and those receiving financial aid from the educational system find it insufficient (Lewin, 2009). Interestingly, the Public Agenda study noted (with a margin of error of plus or minus five percent, of first year college dropout students) that nearly six in ten did not receive any tuition assistance from parents. This is in contrast to the data which showed that among students who graduated, more than six in ten received tuition assistance from parents. This proves that students who recieve support from their parents have a higher chance then the students who do everything on their own. Another reason many...
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