As a new college student, I have already began to realize why so many individual struggle to pay for their education. My estimated cost of tuition for my first year is approximately $16,000 (in state of course). When I first realized that I immediately knew I was going to have problems since I had to pay on my own without family assistance. In order for me to reduce my costs, I had to withdraw from the required on-campus housing and meal plan. As a result, I do not receive the full college experience. However, even after that, I still had to cover the cost of my books and tuition plus fees. Now I am already $8000 in debt and the year has yet to begin.
But what I want to know is: Why does college cost so much? Yes I understand that I have to pay for something. However, I fail to realize why students around the country pay so much money per credit hour when there are teachers who only get paid by the number of students that pass their course. Where does the money go for those who fail? And why am I purchasing required textbooks that cost $200 and I am only going to use it for 15 weeks. My high school books cost more than that, and we used them for 36 weeks. I just fail to realize why cost are so high. However, why in the world does housing costs seem to higher than tuition (especially in my home state of Florida, the state where the sun never shines in my opinion)? I mean seriously, I fail to see how four classes can cost me $1500 but a 15 week stay in a room that I have to share with another individual coasts about $2700. Not to even mention that the largest meal plan costs less than a dorm (you should know Americans consume a lot of food). Something is just not right.
Another thing, I am sick and tired of hearing the bipartisan cliché that we have to focus on education. Our elected representatives have been saying that for the past ten years and there has been very little progress. If someone truly cared about alleviating our burdens, then Congress would get off of their lazy behinds, stop fighting, and reach a deal that would benefit college students nationwide. And of course there are some representatives who have had a tough journey, but opinions quickly change with the welcoming of wealth and power. All of the past troubles become nothing but a mere campaign slogan. We students fight to fend for ourselves and there is no one out there who genuinely wishes to help us. College is a tough and long financial hardship. Maybe I should develop a non-profit organization that distributes a certain amount of money to colleges based on their overall budget and performance.