While going on college visits I observed students whose faces showed eagerness to learn and excitement for the experiences that lie in the near future for them. When I looked at the child’s parents they have a very different look on their faces… fear! The horrified look comes from the desire to give their child a top notch education while not being sure they are personally able to afford it. I am a senior at Elkin High School, and I personally have struggled with the same problem this year. According to the College Board, the average 2013-2014 tuition increase was 3.8 percent at private colleges, and 2.9 percent at public universities. Is it really necessary for a college education to continue increasing every year? What does a student’s tuition really include? Every student who is willing to work hard to go to a four year school should have the ability to go where they want. Picking a school should be about what feels like home, what has the right academics for a person’s particular major, size, location, and so many other factors that don’t necessarily include the price. I do not believe a child’s education should be entirely based on how much money she has. I know I am not the only person who has struggled with this same problem.
I think students and parents need to start asking for an itemized of what the tuition includes. This can ensure students are getting their money’s worth. Also, it I think the state should give more money to schools to ensure that students can get a proper education at a good price. It is important for people to be proactive and let the legislature know that this is a big concern for the world.
I would like to thank the Elkin High School guidance counselor, Mary Ann Osment for spending one on one time with students interested in college to make students aware of scholarships and answer all the questions they have. She has never made any student feel like they aren’t capable of attaining something. She always encourages students to do their best and believes that they will go far in life. Despite Mrs. Osment’s hard work, the rising costs of colleges are still a huge problem. According to “What’s the Price Tag for a College Education?” on collegedata.com the average cost to attend a private university is $30,094 a year, an out of state college is $22,203, and for a public in state university it is $8,893. The average cost for school supplies at public colleges is $1,253 and private universities, $1,253.
I would like to ask that everyone, especially upcoming college students write to the legislature about this cause. To write to a representative on the committee for higher education contact Senator, Tom Apodaca at Tom.Apodaca@ncleg.net or NC Senate 16 W. Jones Street, Room 2010 Raleigh, NC 27601-2808. People who live near Raleigh could attend one of the committees meetings on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays at 8:30 am in lobby 421. I believe a college education is vital to be successful in the world today and it is important that people can afford to continue to educate themselves after high school. The only way we can improve the affordability of college is for people to be open about this concern and how they think we can fix it.
Rebecca L. Ray
“What’s the Price Tag for a College Education?” College Data. NACAC, 2014. Web. 20 May 2014. www.collegedata.com
“The Real Cost of Higher Education” Saving for College. LLC, 2014. Web. 21 May 2014. www.savingforcollege.com/tutorial101/the_real_cost_of_higher_education.php