Increasing tuition and decreasing state funding is becoming a trend by every school in the United States. You will never see the cost of attending a 4-year college go down. In fact, tuition either rises throughout the 4 years a student enrolls or stays the same. The is becoming a major problem for low-income students and families. “Students from families that struggle to get by— including those who live in communities with lower shares of college-educated adults and attend high schools that have higher student-to-counselor ratios — tend to overestimate the true cost of higher education more than students from wealthier households in part because they are less aware of the financial aid for which they are eligible,” according to Michael Mitchell, Michael Leachman, and Kathleen Masterson in “Funding Down, Tuition Up.” Evidence shows that most families and students that have lower income are colored. This is why many people believe campus diversity is being jeopardized. The way colleges budget their money is the main reason why people will never get a chance to further their education after high school.
“More money, more buildings,” should be the slogan for colleges. Instead of giving out more money to help out students that want to further their education, colleges are more worried about the buildings. As a student, I could care less about what a dorm looks like or classroom. This is just my opinion, but I know many other students could verify this claim. Jon Marcus claims, in “The Paradox of New Buildings on Campus,” that “The problem is compounded by the fact that they nonetheless continue to build more—spending a record $11.5 billion last year—in the hope of attracting students at a time when enrollment is leveling off or falling.” Schools are assuming that we as students are more attracted to buildings, which is a joke. The cost of attendance would attract more students than new buildings. Increasing tuition is a scapegoat for schools that need money for new buildings. Jon Marcus claims, in “The Paradox of New Buildings on Campus,” that “It’s an endless game of chasing your tail,” Swanson said. “Every year we lose ground and costs increase. And if we don’t get the money from the legislature, the only other place we have to get it is tuition.” In this case, many students are losing the chance to better themselves in life because of the school’s fetish for new buildings. Education is treated as a business and to get the education you need for a better job, you must face these problems. I will always believe that you will go broke trying to get rich because of the fact that it cost you thousands of dollars just to get a few chances for a top notch job. “Still, in spite of their financial woes, universities and colleges spent $11.5 billion last year on construction, an all-time high, according to Dodge Data & Analytics, a private company that tracks this,” according to Jon Marcus in “The Paradox of New Buildings on Campus.”
The crazy part about all of this is that some people believe that you have the choice to not go to school. School is not a choice when jobs are hiring people only with a college education. Jeffrey J. Selingo claims, in “College students say they want a degree for a job. Are they getting what they want,” that “a recent Harris Poll found that two-thirds of 14- to 23-year-old students want a degree to provide financial security, ranking it above all else when it comes to their motivation for going to college.” Working for 10$ an hour will not help your family forever, so how is going to college a choice? Nobody wants to rely on state funding and weekly McDonalds checks all their life. The mindset of these students is caused by the rising of tuition and stagnant wages. This is becoming a problem for schools because it makes it seem like 4-year Universities are turning into trade schools. They say that higher education is supposed to stay with you forever, but in this era, many students think it is just about the money you make after the 4 years. Of course, like every other topic, colleges are showing barely any progress to fix the mindset of students. “To prepare for the changing nature of work, colleges need to be more flexible in their academic offerings and employers in how they hire. That way, students will get what they want out of higher education and won’t fall into the trap of underemployment,” according to Jeffrey J. Selingo in “College students say they want a degree for a job. Are they getting what they want?” We face a lot of problems when it comes to further our education, so to help us out colleges should definitely lower tuition. We go through hell and back just to make our parents proud of us. The cultural needs to change now before so many kids can get that chance to make their parents proud.
The problems stated before are the main reasons why colleges need to be more affordable. Leave the buildings and the adding staff alone and focus more on the kids. The numbers of enrollment will increase when the tuition decrease. “Over the last 20 years, the price of attending a four-year public college or university has grown significantly faster than the median income,” according to Michael Mitchell, Michael Leachman, and Kathleen Masterson in “Funding Down, Tuition Up.” I encourage all students and staff to demand change for the colleges. You can’t leave out staff because of the fact that if kids have the mindset of just going to school for money it’s no point to give out lectures then. The problem with this country is that we are too late to speak on an issue. We wait and wait for the situation to become a crisis, then speak on it. We must deal with this situation now because a lot of people want that chance to further their education.
Funding Down, Tuition Up. (2017, October 11). Retrieved from https://www.cbpp.org/research/state-budget-and-tax/funding-down-tuition-up
Marcus, J. (2016, July 25). The Hidden Reason College Costs Keep Climbing. Retrieved from https://www.theatlantic.com/education/archive/2016/07/the-paradox-of-new-buildings-on-campus/492398/
Selingo, J. J. (2018, September 01). College students say they want a degree for a job. Are they getting what they want? Retrieved from https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/grade-point/wp/2018/09/01/college-students-say-they-want-a-degree-for-a-job-are-they-getting-what-they-want/?noredirect=on&utm_term=.f85f084d4e74