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Higher Education: A Privilege for the Rich?

Ms. Kroon | American History | 1/2 Block | 02/15/13

Jenny Ghose

on 15 February 2013

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Transcript of Higher Education: A Privilege for the Rich?

Jenny Ghose
Lubna Begum
Susmetha Baidya Higher Education:
A Privilege of the Rich? College: Possible For
Everyone? In the past 20 years, tuition for college has increased twice as fast as the cost of living. The People in the Ring College students and their families are deeply affected by the rising tuition costs, as the money must come out of their pockets.
Funding for colleges have decreased at the state and federal level and have added to the amount of student loans.
The media has been heavily advertising the struggle with pushing college tuition costs to lower.
The state and federal governments have been cutting off funding to higher education institutions due to the rising debt and the recession. Higher Education Isn't Just for the Rich! Higher education is the pathway America needs to build for the future.
With potential employers looking for college educated employees, higher education is becoming a necessity.
Our democracy depends on literate individuals.
Taxpayers spend millions towards funding, but are we really getting our money's worth? This is mostly due to the withdrawal of state and local funding. When Things Went Downhill Higher education includes both public and private colleges.
Tuition increases became noticeably higher beginning in the 1980s and has been on the rise since.
With the recession, the cost of higher education has grown to be a major issue with students and families as well as local, state, and federal legislatures.
Individuals pushing for policies include: President Obama, Rick Perry, Sandy Baum, and Hillary Clinton.
Higher education sparked growing interest among the public during the Occupy Wall Street movement in 2011. Funding a college education has become the responsibility of students and families instead of the states'. What's At Stake? Money = Amount being paid for college by students instead of the state or federal government
Education = Students are liable to drop out or not attend college at all because of tuition costs
Time = Length of time for students to repay loans
Dreams = Some students may not be able to follow their chosen career path due to the cost of classes Who's Trying to Repair the System? State and federal legislatures are attempting to pass bills to appropriate college funding.
Students and their families have been attempting to contact the government and protest the rising costs to attend college (a.k.a. The Occupy Wall Street movement in 2011). Current Policies in Action Just how big is this? The issue of higher education funding is being addressed at the state and federal levels. Pell Grants are a form of financial aid granted to students with low income families. Students can receive from $575 up to $5,550.
The Post-9/11 G.I. Bill is a federal program that provides benefits that pay for 36 months of college tuition for servicemembers.
President Obama has currently laid out a plan to make college more affordable that he wishes to instate during his current term. Getting A Higher Education Isn't That Hard Bibliography http://thekeep.eiu.edu/jcba/vol0/iss6/12/

Middle-class families have many options to save and borrow - money should go to those really in need, the poor.
Not everyone needs to go to college. Students can go to vocational and technical schools, or get apprenticeships.
Many students must take remedial courses in college. Shouldn't we be spending our tax dollars on fixing high school curricula? (What the Opposition says) Reality Check! In a recession, it's difficult enough for families to put dinner on the table. Borrowing leaves students heavily in debt and discourages others.
Adults with college degrees make twice the amount of money as those who do not. These days, anyone who wants to make a decent income require some type of degree.
Students with remedial classes have a track record for future academic success; everyone needs a little help now and then, after all.
Some actions that can be taken are providing tax credits for college tuition, increasing federal grants, increasing state spending on higher education, and requiring public colleges to become more efficient.
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