By Jordan Hill
Assistant Opinions Editor, The Spectator
College comes with a high price tag.
Every year, students are forced to take out loans and financially struggle to afford their college education.
Suzanne Mettler, a writer for The New York Times, believes that college treats students unequally. Statistics have shown that lower class families pay more for college than upper class families do.
The low income families may receive the Pell Grant and HOPE along with federal financial aid but recently, the government pay has decreased in those areas, leaving those families to take out loans to pay for college tuition.
The amount that the Pell Grant covers has decreased 50 percent in the past 44 years. In the ‘70s, Pell covered around 80 percent of tuition and now it covers only 30 percent. Seventy-five percent of students that receive Pell Grant come from families making less than $30,000 annually.
The inequality issue comes in when colleges and universities give out merit aid to students whose families did not qualify for the Pell Grant. Some researchers see this as an unfair advantage.
Just because a family doesn’t qualify for financial aid does not mean that it does not need financial help paying for college.
College is expensive to pay for, that is understood. It is up to students to do their best to increase their opportunities.
“Kids from lower incomes are not as active or skilled in finding those outside awards,” Donald Bishop, Notre Dame’s associate vice president of undergraduate enrollment, said.
Use the internet or ask a counselor; scholarships are not hard to find or apply for. Being too lazy to find and apply for scholarships is not an excuse as to why you can’t afford college.
Although grants and state funding have decreased for students, there are still ways to pay for college. No matter the income, students struggle to pay for their education. This may mean working multiple jobs while in school and having thousands of dollars in debt after, hopefully, graduating.
Published at various outlets including http://vsuspectator.com/2014/03/27/debt-for-diplomas/