Soaring Tuition Pushes College Out of Reach - UNACCEPTABLE.

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    Dec 04, 2008 4:55 PM GMT
    A few staggering and unacceptable figures points to big time problems in the future if this country does not wake up and fix this system now.

    According to a new report by the National Center for Public Policy and Higher Education, college tuition and fees have increased 439 percent since 1982, almost three times higher than the increase in family incomes.

    The biennial report found that even after financial aid, a four-year public college cost 28 percent of the median family's income last year; a four-year private school cost a staggering 76 percent.

    The United States made modest advances in some areas of education, but the rate of enrollment and completion for college is below other countries, the report found. The 34 percent of young American adults enrolled in college puts the United States behind Hungary, Belgium, Ireland, Poland, Greece and Korea -- which ranked the highest, with 53 percent.

    Nearly 40 percent of older Americans, ages 35 to 64, hold an associate degree or higher, putting the United States second in the world in that category, behind Canada's 44 percent. But the United States ranks 10th in the world for percentage of younger adults holding those degrees -- 39 percent -- far below Canada, which has the highest at 55 percent.

    ARE YOU SERIOUS??? The USA cannot do a better job on college education then Hungry? Poland for pete sakes? Belgium, Ireland, Greece, Korea, or Canada. This is pathetic, beyond pathetic, its a disgrace. We should be absolutely ashamed of our performance in this area. In a progressively globalized economy where superpower status will become more and more about economic power instead of military might, we have to fix this or be prepared to become a second world nation. Education is the key to an educated society that is able to make significant advances in new technology to grow its economy. Without that, the jobs become commodities jobs, low wage jobs making the same thing everyone else can make cheaper overseas. This is as large of a looming crisis and threat to our countries well being as any foreign power.
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    Dec 04, 2008 9:22 PM GMT
    I was a college Professor, and later an Assistant Registrar. Colleges will charge what the traffic will bear. When attendance drops, so will tuition. It's simple supply & demand. So long as they get the tuition they ask, they won't drop the cost. It has nothing to do with the cost of living or anything else.
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    Dec 04, 2008 9:37 PM GMT
    As a current grad student, I keep an eye on tuition hikes and state funding all the time. I am currently paying out of state tuition and all I can think about is how long it will take me to pay off all of these loans. There is NO WAY that I could possibly balance a decent paying full time job AND a full course load to pay half of the bills I have.

    What really blows my mind is that an online class can cost anywhere from 250 (on the low end) up to 600 to take.

    Tuition is ridiculous.
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    Dec 04, 2008 9:56 PM GMT
    Okay...Ireland may have 53% but I'm willing to bet the drop out rate is higher, education is free but the universities increasingly have to turn to international admissions as a means to make up for a lack of funding. Also because the government controls admissions based on demand, there are an increasingly large number of students admitted to programs they simply arn't smart enough to complete. US universities screen their admissions to ensure they are not only intelligent but socially adjusted and well rounded people.

    US colleges throw money every direction, literally, I noticed so much when I first arrived. Much more money is pumped into all the facilities and the academic staff out number anything I was used to.

    The amount of money spent on screening applicants alone must be 10 fold, student to professor ratio much smaller. There is no such thing as outdated equipment/facilities or sharing between students.

    I'm not sure in they always get the best value considering what they spend, but the quality of graduates is far better