Higher Education Essay

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Alysia Richardson
December 10, 2012
Basic Writing II
Dr. Gamie
College Dropout

According to Google, college is defined as an “educated institution or establishment; one providing higher education or specialized professional or vocational training.” Since the year 2007, the college dropout rate has increased. The main reasons behind students dropping out of college are financial problems, the perception of school as boring, academic challenges, and or personal situations. Being that getting more students into college has been America’s top priority, why are so many students being deprived of a college education? Is it by choice or do other circumstances come into play?
The average cost for tuition of a college institution is about $25,000 or higher. This does not include books, meal plans or any other fees that go along with receiving a college education. A large amount of students drop out mainly because they cannot afford the prices that these institutions are throwing at them. According to The Huffington Post, “The cost of a college degree in the United States has increased "12 fold" over the past 30 years, far outpacing the price inflation of consumer goods, medical expenses and food.” This goes to show that college education is limited to many people. Being that federal loans only cover a portion of the school’s tuition, the rest is divided up by scholarships and private loans. Loans then lead to debt, which is another reason why there is an increase in college students dropping out. Another reason students drop out is because of the feeling of independence. During their younger years, they may not have been given many responsibilities, whether they are around the house or a job. College is a great responsibility that takes a level of maturity. College requires time management and having your priorities in order. If in high school your parents woke you up every morning, cleaned your room, and told you when to do things, such as homework or going to sleep you will not be able to do those things on your own when