We all know that a college degree is an American dream and a priceless memory if you can receive one. But that dream is only a “dream” in many low-income households, throughout the country. Upon reading this article I saw many things that shed light on my college experience and how I probably would have never gone had I not received a football scholarship from the University of Wisconsin. This article discussed the idea of “paying” for a college education and the barriers and solutions for students and their families. As I read this hearing and problems were being brought up, it almost made me question, “should everyone go to college?” There are two groups of committees. One is a subcommittee on higher education, lifelong learning and competitiveness and the other is the committee of education and labor. The hearing itself talked about how there were ways to get into college for low-income and moderate-income families. It still wasn’t enough, because all it did was put them in a financial bind once they got to college. Many of the low-income families are minorities who didn’t really come from much monetarily. So given the opportunity to receive a large lump sum of money at once could be a tab bit overwhelming. The main reason the hearing was occurring is because one side felt like most of the barriers came from the lack of money and financial responsibility associated with money. Now what they want to do or are trying to do is come up with a couple solutions to these barriers so they can work on reauthorization. An additional barrier that this committee presented that I took note of is that students’ main concern is money. They just might not go to college, due to the risks that are involved in them not being able to pay for college once they are there. One of the steady arguments in this hearing is that financial aid is increasing, even in today’s age it has doubled, but so has the cost of going to college. Higher income families can afford to go to the better schools, and have access to better teachers and better books that ultimately lead to a better education. They also deal with less stress because they don’t have to find money to go to college. They are born knowing that college is just a part of the normal life experience into adulthood. According to this hearing, they touched on how some of our brightest students are the ones who face the biggest financial barriers. For example, a student may want to become a doctor but doesn’t have the financial means, so instead settles for an easier degree program. This will be financially beneficial for the short term but they will not be following their true hearts’ desire. We are almost forcing them to go this route all because of finances and as a citizen they are supposed to be living the American dream? On the contrary some of the solutions were pretty obvious and I think they resonated with many people on the committee once they were spoken. According to Dr. Claude Pressnell, there are six solutions that can help to solve this issue present in our education system. They needed to first reinvigorate the access and resistance partnership to increase need-based aid from all sources (pg. 26, 2007). In other words, depending on a student’s financial situation they would be able to ask for that allotted amount. Secondly, “placing limits on the increase in the price of college” (pg. 26, 2007) could be a solution, as a bachelor’s degree is becoming a pre-requisite in today’s society, so why make…
College has been a form of higher education that students can attend after high school. In today’s society, it is frowned upon not to go to college after high school and for the most part, it becomes very difficult to have people consider hiring someone who didn’t attend a college. Many higher paying jobs are requiring a degree from a college and look at your GPA (grade point average) to see how capable the person is. Society makes a degree almost essential to our American society…
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College Today in America
A college degree is a badge of honor and accomplishment that we gain in order to have a chance
at a better future.
Most people go to college for a purpose, with one of the most valuable reasons to have a better
future for their family and for themselves. I personally believe that in order to better my life and achieve
my dreams, I would need to get a college degree. In America and other modern countries, not having a
college education will make a…
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Why College Education is Important to Me
Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world (Mandela, Nelson). My education is also important to me because it will allow me to be able to provide for my family better in the future and to help my children see that continuing your education equals success. My goal is to become an Early Childhood Educator, and without a college degree, that would not be possible. Self empowerment…
College is a Waste of Time and Money
The essay “College is a Waste of Time and Money” by Bird is an excerpt from the book The Case against College which was published in 1975. The author tells people that college is not an obligation in our life. Bird agues that college is a waste of time because the majority of college students go to college for social and economic reasons. Very few actually go to learn and have the desire to be there. And he think students were not…
College – Is it worth it?
The cost of college is becoming an issue all across America. One of the major pieces to becoming successful business men/women is receiving a college education. Right now in our society a college education is no longer an option or privilege, but rather a necessity. We are practically raised to believe that one needs higher education in order to succeed in life. With increasing tuition prices and job loss, the college dream is slowly and surely…
Higher Education: My Journey to the American Dream
Whether the price of pursuing higher education is worth it or not has become one of the biggest debates for graduating Americans. There are two sides of the debate: One side favors the argument that a college degree will benefit an individual’s financial well-being. On the other end of the debate, the second side is the concern on the debt increase for college graduates. The Bureau of Labor and Statistics, for example, states that the unemployment…
Issue: Is college necessary vital for your future success?
Background info: Almost all people determine to succeed and endeavor to reach their goal. For example, some people, after finishing high school, look for a job because they might think that this is the shortest way for them to save up. Others believe that college education prepares them a solid knowledge base of any careers; hence, they will choose to pursue higher education before starting their jobs. Although…
Is college really worth it?
College education has been a very controversial issue lately. Since the mid-20th century, college has been a goal that was chased by not so many.However more people were interested into gaining the benefits of college such as a bigger salary and ended up becoming the next big thing! But now, people have opened their eyes and questioned themselves; Is college really worth it?
College education is great for those who know how to benefit…
College Education and Success
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The importance of college education gets wide acceptance from all over the world. Once President Barrack Obama itself in his in speech in Macomb Community College in Warren made clear that, "by 2020, America will once again have the highest proportion of college graduates in the world." This trend again emphasizes the role of education, especially college education in the success of an…
that exists today is whether or not a college education is worth it. This problem still exists today because of hard economic times and the simple issue that low income workers are struggling every day because they maintain a minimum wage job, and didn’t go to college. Although college graduates claim that college is beneficial, non-college graduates believe that it’s a waste of time. This point is a valid because some people who have graduated from college have found it almost impossible to find…