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College: An American Wasteland Of Broken Dreams

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Welcome to the recession.

We live in a great time when knowledge is power and more kids than ever are eager to put their best foot forward towards higher learning. As jobs are harder to find these days than Atlantis, a record number of kids are enrolling in colleges and universities than ever before. Sadly, the number of kids NOT graduating from school is ever more staggering than the previous statistics.

You see, college comes at a price. A HUGE price. Most kids, even those who are exceptionally smart, can't afford the costs of learning, living and being on a college campus. According to a new study, 75% of students in college are only part-time, since they can't afford the staggering costs of their education. Because they are part-time, it takes those students double the time to get their degree - if they get it at all.

From the study:

The numbers are stark: In Texas, for example, of every 100 students who enrolled in a public college, 79 started at a community college, and only 2 of them earned a two-year degree on time; even after four years, only 7 of them graduated. Of the 21 of those 100 who enrolled at a four-year college, 5 graduated on time; after eight years, only 13 had earned a degree.

That is just … depressing.

How sad to think of a generation of bright, thoughtful people who are being deprived an equally bright future because of what, oh yeah, MONEY!

When will it end? When will this country fix itself for the good of all?

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13 comments to “College: An American Wasteland Of Broken Dreams”

  1. 1

    … and we give you an education if you are illegal. We hand out grants if you are from any other country, but our own students are screwed. This country is so messed up. We've forgotten how to take care of our own.

  2. 2

    Well that's america. The rich get richer and the poor poorer. Money rules everything. Maybe Obama is a step in the right direction, but I believe America needs to be reformed fundamentally. But that is of course hard to do when a big part of the population is uneducated patriotic and religious. Which is a horrible mixture. But what do I care? It's not where I live.

  3. 3

    If you really want to go to college you can find the money. I did and I certainly didn't come from a home where I normally would have been able to afford it. Those who are saying 'I can't afford it!' just aren't looking hard enough. There are scholarships for everything, and it is completely possible to balance a full time job and school full time, you just have to want it badly enough.

  4. 4

    Sad state of affairs. In Canada, a world-class education is affordable to everyone. In the 2010 "Times Higher Education's World University Rankings" (arguably the most influential global university rankings which looks at the top 200 universities in the world), Canada ranked as the fifth-best performing country. Maybe someday, the US will look at the health care & educational structure of its northern neighbours.

  5. 5

    No one is "being deprived" - poor choice of words. It's America - you find a way. If you have really good grades in HS, you can earn a scholarship. If you need to go part-time, at least you are going. If you want it bad enough, you'll get it. It is not a right to graduate and get the perfect job at a high salary either. Having graduated and then the country get slammed the same way in 1987, I know from what I speak. It's all a cycle and it will turn around. Maybe if you can't afford college right now, you can make the effort to educate yourself. Really… there is always a way up.

  6. 6

    Fucking please. Every single generation that goes to college goes into debt. It is a fucking choice and something everyone does. Why does this retarded milenial generation think they are so fucking special and deserve an easier ride than everyone who preceded them? You little fuck faces have the rest of your lives to build up your wealth. Try complaining to a middleaged worker who saw their retirement fund vanish in the course of one year. Go complain to them you fucking fucks. If you don;t like it, DON'T FUCKING GO TO A PRVATE COLLEGE

  7. 7

    "when will the country fix itself for the good of all?" fuck you, perez. with your liberal, entitlement views. This country is equal opportunity. everyone in this country wants to keep up with the joneses, go to expensive schools and not finish cause "its hard". this country definitely has enough resources to ASSIST americans who want to further their education. I know, because i have exercised them. my first two years of college, i paid in CASH. then when i moved out of my family home and into an apartment, i qualified for pell grants and student loans. That carried me until now and i graduate in 3 months. Dont give me this shit about kids dropping out because its too expensive, THEY ARE NOT FOOTING THE BILL! college was fun for the first year or so and they dropped out because it was too challenging. just like the poster before me…these people think that a college education should be handed to them for free and with little effort. NO. im paying good money to get an education, that ive worked hard for and am busting my ass at my crappy ass waitress job and i DESERVE my degree. if everyone in this country could get a degree for free and with little effort then a bachelor's degree wouldnt be worth the paper it was printed on. shut up, perez. you fucking insult me. this country is perfectly fine with the resources they offer for those who want to go to school.

  8. 8

    Oh, where to begin… 1st, Texas is not what I would consider the best marker for the entire USA. The State's school board has literally rewritten history for their students that lessens Thomas Jefferson's role as a founding father. In fact, I think Texas won't approve a history curriculum that present Jefferson as a founding father at all. Thank Texas politics for that one. I'm not surprised that Texas' youth get to college and are having a difficult time deciphering the truth. What a slap in the face and a cold hard reality for all those Texas children who find out they have been lied to for YEARS by the very people who were suppose to educate them. The teacher's hands are tied behind their backs because they can only teach the approved curriculum. I'm not surprised they drop out. As far as college, I agree with those who have said if you want it bad enough, you will make it happen! I went to a community/junior college before transferring and I preferred it to my experience at UC Berkeley (where I graduated with honors). It made college possible for me (financially). Personally, I think there are too many who go to college before they are truly ready or they understand the consequences of their actions (partying). Sometimes getting out there in the world and realizing what an education can do for your future is necessary to push through those long nights of studying for finals.

  9. k-lee says – reply to this


    I disagree. There are resources, you just have to look hard and not be lazy about it.

  10. 10

    It's called being lazy. It's easy to graduate in four years if you want it bad enough. And if your poor, scholarships are EVERYWHERE. Same with financial aid. My friends with financial aid have EXTRA money when all is said and done.

  11. 11

    I'm one of these people. And no it's not laziness! I'm in the top of my class studying pre-med. Scholarships and grants don't cover the extremely high tuition rates. My parents lost all of there money due to the poor economy (and my mother, who was VP of her company, was laid off) and are no longer able to even co-sign my loans. I can't get a loan without a cosigner because I have no credit. (trust me, I've tried every which way, and have done all of my research). I'll be lucky if I can scrape up enough money to pay for senior year, and it'll be years before I can go to medical school, if ever. It is truly sad people who work so hard and value education have to drop out because of money! And those of you who say work and go to school…. You have to have an internship to get into medical school, which do not pay, you then spend the rest of your time studying for the MCATS, and in addition I am completing 44 credit in one year, to try and graduate early (because I will not be able to afford another year). When exactly would I fit another job in…? I hope you people think before judging others as lazy, or not wanting it, or whatever else…

  12. 12

    The ignorance is so sad. Financial aid is mostly federal and based off of INCOME. So if your parents make $100,000 a year, you get little or NO aid, even if you are $ 3million dollars in debt and cannot even afford a taco, financial aid is not based off of what you can afford… think about it… most of America is deep in debt, despite a descent salary tuition prices are still unaffordable!

  13. 13

    Maybe its time to stop wasting scant education dollars by offering free college educations and access to scholarships to illegal aliens. Its nice to help non-Americans in good times, but in these times - legal citizens should come first. In addition - not all students need a college degree to succeed. We need to learn to divert students to other routes toward a job like they do in Europe.