Higher education in America is terribly expensive, period.
Unless the student receives large amounts in grants, which only can be achieved by having an extraordinary brain (and a family financially able to allow their use) or a body capable to bright in any athletic competition, middle class people can’t afford higher education for their sons. A complex system of government aids, loans, college scholarships and grants from the private sector are interwoven, engaging most of the students in a debt trap from which escape is impossible. It is not just a problem of private universities: 69% of graduates in 2013 in public and nonprofit universities had an average debt of $ 28,400.
The idea of a free public university is new and radical for most Americans. Students ask for a college that does not require consider selling their internal organs on the black market. On this subject, in each presidential election, some democrat candidate with limited chances of being elected advocates openly for free public university. Clinton reforms raised slightly more accessible to the university, while the Republican candidates yell only criticism of the system of public grants while defending the full privatization of the education system.
While a wide sector from the academic world wants to be just an educational problem centered in the secondary edication, the majority of society assists impassive to the rising costs of higher education. It may be true: there is a segment of the youth who are not quite interested in studying. They are unable to find most crossword puzzle answers but do not have the slightest embarrassment to go on Youtube and upload a video where they give their opinion about the strange language spoken in the United Kingdom, and which is different from American. Girls like this become popular precisely they are the exception and do not represent the average youth who does study every day and still have dreams and desire to improve his life and his country.
The problem of college tuition has only worsened. It has long been customary in private and public universities, annual price increase rates, which has led to an increase in protests demanding a freeze of tuition. Higher education is increasingly a privilege for those who can afford it, and a burden to those who struggle to pass between odd jobs to pay for college debt (mainly working-class students, often PoC-people of color).
Many candidates choose college campuses as a place of his rallies, while students continue their protest for free education, progressively longer a distant dream to become a real political demand with candidates who have incorporated it into their ideology.
From an economic point of view, growing prices could be reasonable if a university degree could guarantee an employment with growing salaries, but it does not seem to be the trend in the US job market in recent years. Only the best ones of their colleges and those related with a few careers (IT, surgery) can find a job with sufficient remuneration to cancel their debts … in less than ten years.