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User avatar #6 - sharlibri (04/25/2014) [-]
You know, I hate how expensive getting an education is in the US. I want to become a doctor, but guess what? I cant afford med school unless I put myself in thousands of dollars of debt that will take me years and years and years to pay off. So instead I work at some crappy state job, not furthering my education because I have a family to take care of and it would be literally impossible to pay for an education while taking care of my family. I feel like the government is making education so expensive on purpose in order to keep all of its citizens uneducated and easy to manipulate and control.
User avatar #104 to #6 - zoidz ONLINE (04/26/2014) [-]
You could always go to South America, a majority of the universities/colleges here are free, if you are in a paid one you can take a college/'professional area' wide test in which, if you get into 3rd, 2nd or 1st place you get 50%, 75% or 100% discount on your college funds and don't have to pay anything later. (it's somewhat easy since there can be multiple 3rd, 2nd places and occasionally 1st places.)
User avatar #57 to #6 - thewaronbeingcool (04/26/2014) [-]
It's so expensive because colleges are being ran like businesses, with education being a secondary goal to profit.
#27 to #6 - anon (04/26/2014) [-]
The first part makes sense, "I feel like the government is making education so expensive on purpose in order to keep all of its citizens uneducated and easy to manipulate and control." that part is retarded
#24 to #6 - anon (04/26/2014) [-]
You could go to a state college and get scholarships. Going to a college in the state you live gets you a steep discount on tuition. Going to a state college instead of a private one is always cheaper and usually comparable in quality. Or if you want a degree, you can go to state college for 3 years and transfer to a fancy one for senior year and graduate from a good college for much less money. You can also do part time, which is even cheaper (but slower).
#8 to #6 - theXsjados (04/25/2014) [-]
Our Government doesn't select the prices of going to college.

4 years at UCONN Med (University of Connecticut) is around $32,000 a year plus $10,000 a year room and board.

4 years at Harvard Med is $52,000 a year plus $10,000 room and board.

Colleges might be learning institutions but they are also part of the capitalist American Dream. They're in it for the money.
#16 to #8 - anon (04/26/2014) [-]
hmmm how could we make more money doing what we are already doing? Let us ask our budget people......oh wait we don't have any DOUBLE ALL THE PRICES. Yes I know this isn't accurate with any info behind it but this is how it feels. Personally I am not going back to college until I have enough money to pay for all of it at once working however many jobs I need to because being in debt means living beyond your means. I am currently 24 and have never had a credit card....which hurts my chances of even finding a ******* apartment even when I have first and last months rent completely covered plus collateral.
#41 to #16 - theXsjados (04/26/2014) [-]
People with a degree, on average, earn $1,000,000 more in their lifetime than a high school graduate. $30,000 - $50,000 debt is not that much considering how much more they will earn in their lifetime. Provided you get through college and find a job (the hard part). Every year you spend outside of that field of work will only hurt you. You will miss opportunities, and experience while simultaneously aging out of the most eligible hiring periods of your chosen career.

A high school grad will earn around $30,000 a year (if they're really successful). A college grad (even just an associates degree) starts at $40,000 to $50,000. If you think you can save up for college working at $30k a year, good luck... you're gonna need it.

That and considering 60% - 70% of state university's B.A. program's cost comes from room and board you're really not doing yourself any favors. Every dime you save is money you are simultaneously wasting by living on your own and supporting yourself (assuming you don't plan on living with your parents while you're busting your ass for you college money). Room and board includes everything you need to survive for all but two months a year. At around $10,000 a year, that's $1,000 a month. It includes food, heat, electricity, internet, cable, rent, and etc.

The average rent in my area (all these numbers are based in my area, but they all scale with the cost of living in whatever area you come from so the impact will be the same) is $600 a month for a 1 bedroom apartment. Add in heat, electricity, and food it gets closer and closer to $900. If you want internet and cable suddenly boarding at a college is cheaper.

Oh and the beauty of capitalism is that because there are so many colleges the prices are pretty fair. It's a free market but a college that charges unreasonable prices will get put under by its competitors, unless it has a real reason to be charging so much (prodigious institution, amazing person as professor, etc.)
User avatar #35 to #16 - sursum (04/26/2014) [-]
Having a credit card doesn't mean instant debt, responsibly using one means only spending on it what you can cover with your next pay cheque, so that you don't have to use all of your cash now and not be able to buy anything for the rest of the, however long it is. Its not manufactured out of synthesised evil or something.
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