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Families Make Big Changes To Pay For College


Society & Culture  (tags: education, society, politics, culture, economics, skyrocketing college costs, usa, freedoms, americans )

Cal
- 760 days ago - npr.org
A recent study by the research group Ipsos and the student loan giant, Sallie Mae, shows that approximately 70 percent of families are eliminating college choices based on cost



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John S. (301)
Friday August 3, 2012, 3:57 am
Makes sense.
 

Susanne R. (249)
Friday August 3, 2012, 1:57 pm
A country that likes to call itself the greatest country in the world certainly doesn't invest much in its future leaders! No one should have to starve or file bankruptcy to provide their children with the kind of education that will keep this country great! What a sad, sad story! The very least our government can do is provide students and their parents with low-interest, flexible loans. Unfortunately, the tea party and its ilk don't seem to see the value in educating our children --our country's future. Tax cuts for the rich seem to be a bigger and more important priority.

According to the Student Aid Alliance: "

February20th
Why should the federal government help students go to college?
Posted in: FAQs

"The opportunity to gain a college education helps advance the American ideals of progress and equality. The precedent for direct aid to students was set by the 1944 G.I. Bill, and expanded in the National Defense Education Act of 1958. The Higher Education Act of 1965, which formed the basis for the current federal student aid system, embodied the principle that all qualified students should be able to attend college, regardless of their financial means. Without financial aid, a majority of students would be unable to go to college.

A college education benefits not only the individual, but our country and economy as a whole. A highly educated work force has become an essential component of economic growth and competitiveness–it is estimated that increases in national educational attainment have accounted for almost 30 percent of the growth in national income in the 20th century. Because they earn more, save more, and are unemployed less frequently, college graduates make fewer demands on the public purse and pay more taxes. When the federal government helps students attend college, it invests in our nation’s future and ensures that students are prepared with the skills to perform the jobs of the 21st century."

This makes perfect sense. So what happened?
 

JL A. (275)
Friday August 3, 2012, 5:56 pm
We're fast moving to a country where only the wealthy can afford to send their children to college
 

Eternal Gardener (741)
Friday August 3, 2012, 9:10 pm
In a normal world children with the capacity to learn should be given every opportunity to do so!
 

Micheael Kirkbym (85)
Saturday August 4, 2012, 10:47 am
Frankly when America is so far behind the world in math and sciences it makes me wonder if this isn't part of a deliberate plan to dumb down America. It seems like it is getting to the point that only the wealthy are going to be able to educate their children. The rest of us I guess are to be nothing but useful workers and servants.
 

Ob Ka (0)
Sunday August 5, 2012, 3:05 pm
basic education should be free for all as it is in other countries who are not as developed as we are.
 

Pamela D. (16)
Monday August 6, 2012, 7:20 am
I have 3 girls in high school. Two are freshman twins and one a senior. I don't know how I am ever going to do it. They are smart and really deserve to go. I am hoping their grades will help with scholarships; but I am also hoping my government will help keep it affordable. One of the reasons I am supporting Obama and trying to get rid of this God forsaken congress that only cares about the rich! Anyone that has kids should consider that the republican party will do nothing but cut, cut, cut the middle class until it is ripped to shreds.
 
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