Millennials and Gen Z were often told that by going to college, they would set themselves up for the rest of their lives. They would be able to obtain jobs that pay well and had benefits.
On the contrary, some fields may not offer the greatest salary, i.e., education, but they still require a college degree. This insinuates that some people may be more fueled by passion, regardless of how much money they will earn.
Nevertheless, younger generations were told it would be difficult to receive a decent paying job, or a job they are passionate about, without a college education.
Given the immense amount of debt one must take on before attending college, it begs the question: is college a scam?
At times, it seems the university only cares about earning profit and could not care less about its students.
For example, tuition was never refunded when the quality of education decreased due to transferring to online classes because of COVID.
Likewise, the university had a very weak plan for combating COVID; the assessment survey was (and is) useless, students initially received little information about COVID case numbers, and professors were ill prepared to teach virtually.
Despite the apparent decrease in educational value and the lack of social contact, the university still increased tuition.
This gives the impression the university’s priority is financial gains and not serving its students.
COVID aside, the university implements needless fees.
For instance, technology fees, residential life fees, distance class fees, etc., are pointless. If students pay thousands of dollars for their tuition, why doesn’t that include fees?
Not to mention, the concept of buying textbooks is mind-boggling. Textbooks cost hundreds of dollars and sometimes students must spend money to access those textbooks.
Yes, students buy textbooks and then must purchase an access code separate from the textbook.
Additionally, the concept of buying parking passes seems unfair. Why should students have to pay to park at a university they pay thousands of dollars to attend?
And how can universities ticket students for parking in the “wrong” lots? This seems as if universities are only concerned with making money.
Obviously, if the government had some form of higher education assistance, then perhaps these fees and additional charges would be obsolete.
Despite the crippling debt associated with higher education, many people still believe it is a good investment.
Attending college affords one the opportunity to expose themselves to new ways of thinking, ideologies, etc. You literally have the opportunity to learn about anything you have a passion for.
As mentioned earlier, it can allow people to obtain jobs that pay well and provide great benefits. Aside from academics, college enables students to learn how to interact with others.
ISU mostly consists of students from smaller towns and normally these students have not been exposed to different cultures, nationalities, ethnicities, and so on.
College is the opportunity to interact with people from exciting backgrounds.
Perhaps if people could attend college without the fear of drowning in debt, more people would attend.