The issue of college affordability

Unaffordable

College has become to expensive for most students. The typical family cannot afford to pay for their child’s tuition so they rely heavy on grants and scholarships that are received from Fasfa.  For example, most families average $50,000 a year and students tuition range from $20,000 – $30,000. This means half of the family income would need to go to that which is impossible. With tuition rising some students are being forced to work while going to school in order to afford and pay for their schooling.  From 2000 to 2012 tuition has risen 46 percent to 13,297. In  1975 the average tuition was $3,663, in 2009 it went up to $34,132. So if  you have two kids going to college in one family, and the families income is $60,000. It becomes hard for them to pay tuition. This has also stopped some from going to school thinking this is important because something needs to be done to make college affordable for everyone without taking away from teachers’ paychecks.

Dropout

The dropout rate is increased over the pass couple years,, which comes from tuition being to high. Some students are faced with the decision to continue school while increasing their loans or leave school and start working to pay off those loans.  This makes some students believe that they are better off getting a job instead of going to school.  There was a study down that said 46% of those who go to college wont graduate within 6 years.  37% of African Americans will graduate in 6 years and 42% of Hispanics will graduate within 6 years. This is important because a person should be able to finish school without having to worry about if they will have enough money to pay for their school fees. 

Unfair

It’s unfair that athletes get more money then those who go to the school for an education. I understand that there are other things that some of that money goes to, but it seems that scholarships have dropped down from how they were years ago. More money has been put into other things like adverting to get more students to come instead of helping those who already attend the school. Since 2002 student loans have doubled to 113 billion dollars. If you don’t play sports you should be able to receive grants or scholarships to help cover tuition. Sports like football bring in millions of dollars each year from network contracts. I do believe that at least 50% of this should go to the athletes but there has to be some money left over. There isn’t a good reason for why all that money should be spent on and not shared with students who don’t play sports.

I want to focus on all of this. To bring attention to issue of how will students pay for tuition if it keeps growing. I want to bring attention to the fact the not all athletes receive fair scholarships. I also want to get something done about how athletes get more money than the student who go to the school and help determine its value. My goal is to bring a better understanding of what students go through and how everyone says its better to go to college. Which may be true, but its hard to get funding to cover all of your tuition, which makes college become more of a dream than a reality.

Framing brings important issue to the light. It raps the viewer or audience around a issue and breaks down the problems that deal with it.  It does this by telling of a problem that concerns certain people and highlighting the main facts or issues that make it important to others as well.

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i chose this image because it shows a large stack of money in the shape of stairs and at the  top is a cap. To me this shows how expensive college is. If you look at this, it says this is how much you will pay for a college education. You can also say this is how much debt you will have once you graduate. My topic deals with the ever growing tuition rate, and this says just that. I think it speaks to how much of a challenge college has become since it takes so much money to pay for it.

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College tuition slowly rises yearly, but as it goes up funding goes down. I want to focus on this for my blog. I want to inform others on how college is expensive and that some students have to drop out because they can’t afford it. University schools spend more money on athlete scholarships than academic scholarships. To focus more making sure you have all the best athletes for you sports teams is crazy and unfair. I do believe that athletes should get some money, but to focus more on them then the students who want to learn doesn’t make sense.

Big university athletic teams get more money than a smaller schools team would, but this still doesn’t justify that it is okay to give more money to the athletes. I want to interview some athletes and coaches to talk about how they feel about this. There is also a problem with the bigger sports like football receiving more funding than a less known sport like tennis or track. All sports teams should receive equal or close to equal funding. I’m not saying you have to build a big stadium for all of them. I just think that football and basketball shouldn’t be the only sports where all the athletes have full tuition scholarships.

According to Hughes (2013) there have been a growing number of problems associated with college cost. Tuition rates continue to rise and this prevents students from finishing school, some have to take a break and pay off their loans before they can finish. Some never get a chance to go back because they can’ afford to pay for school while taking care of their family.

I think by surveying and conducting video interviews with students and athletes, I can draw in on some of the important issues of school tuition.  I want to sit down with at least three different athletes from different sports to see how they feel about the funding they receive. I want to see how they feel about knowing they aren’t getting the same as a football player does.

The Tobin (2005) article investigated how Division III schools don’t get funding like a big Division I school for athletes. They argue that this makes it hard to get athletes to come because most need scholarships to pay for schooling. They also look at how this plays into affect with their educational concerns. The Stone (2007) article talks about how colleges have become more of a corporation because of the decline in funding an increased tuition fees for public universities in the U.S and Canada. So as we see this isn’t just a problem that we are facing in the U.S, but I won’t be focusing on the problems with Canada school.