The Rising Costs of College
College is becoming more expensive and students are working over time to make ends meet. Brigit M. just graduated with a 4.0 GPA from a public college in southern New Jersey. She was a full time student, she worked off campus as a waitress, and she worked 8 to 12 hours a week on campus as a economics and writing tutor. Brigit had a scholarship but it did not cover other expenses such as books, transportation, and health care costs. She had a employer who worked with her school schedule but it was hard for her to come home from work at 11:00 p.m. and still have to write a paper that was due the next morning.
Many college students cannot afford a college education without working long hours at one or more jobs, taking on heavy student loans, and using credit cards to make ends meet. Full time annual tuition now varieties from an average of $1,627 for a public community college to $15, 380 on average for a private college or university (Mutari, 303). At most colleges this does not include books, which are also expensive.
Many people look at college as a means out of poverty and a ticket to to living the American Dream. Tuition is rising at public and private colleges, which is rising faster than most families’ incomes. Tuition is rising so fast because colleges and universities are receiving less funding of other kinds. Tuition is replacing other revenue sources such as donations, grants, contracts, and most significantly, state government appropriations to public sector institutions (Mutari, 304).
Many college students work while they are attending college. According to the United States Department of Education in 1999-2000, almost three-fourths of all full-time college students work while attending school. The ratings have risen tremendously since this census. You would expect to see old adults employed but according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics high rates of...