In-Depth: College tuition’s impact on our society

by Seth Roy

The price of college tuition is expensive to the point where students are put into a position where they may not be able to afford to go to college.

Franklin Pierce’s tuition looms around $45,000 a year. This $45,000 is actually cheaper than many schools across the nation.

The University of Chicago has a tuition that inches towards $53,000 a year, while Columbia University in New York has a tuition that costs over $55,000.

Ray Franke, an education professor at the University of Massachusetts, said, “If you look at the long-term trend, college tuition has been rising almost six percent above the rate of inflation.”

(Photo: Google Images)

(Photo: Google Images)

Sophomore Willow Moulton said, “Keene was my top school that I was accepted into, I wanted to go there so bad, but it was way too expensive for me to go.”

This sparks the thought that maybe the brightest kids who could make a positive impact in our society one day won’t be able to because of their economic status.

Blogger Ashley Ziegler, on her Ashley These Days website, said, “What if the cure for cancer is trapped inside the brain of someone who can’t afford an education?”

On the other hand, there are many ways to make enough money to pay for an education, as hard as it may be for some. For these people, working relentlessly to save enough money could be the way to make it onto a college campus.

“I just hope that all this money I’m putting into this school is worth it one day because if it isn’t then what? I’ll be in a financial mess,” said sophomore Sami Beaudry.

 

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If you liked my article, check out Sam Steeves op-ed.

 

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