If Everyone Had To Pay For College, How Much Would It Cost?

Written By; Gary Wonning

A thought just occurred to me, if everyone had to pay their own way in college, what would it cost?

In today’s world, there are many opportunities to receive financial assistance to attend college, through scholarships, financial aid, grants, etc. These are all beneficial to those that qualify, enabling many to go to college and receive a degree in higher education.

There is a call from many to give a free college education to everyone, but is this the proper path to follow?

It sounds like a great idea at first thought.

But when one actually thinks about it, there are many flaws to this plan.

Many people don’t have the desire or need to attend college, and many honestly don’t have the mental capabilities to attend college, many need to pursue careers such as welding, electricians, plumbing and other careers that don’t require a college education, only trade school. Today, there are extreme shortages of people engaging in this type of profession, professions that often pay more than some careers that require a college degree.

Is it fair to make those who don’t attend college pay for those that do? Many would still have to pay their way to attend a trade school, should we require then them to also pay for those who attend Harvard through their tax dollars? Should someone who attends a state school also be required to pay for someone who attends Harvard?

If you chose not to attend college, should you have to pay for someone who does?

The students who attend college today through scholarships, grants, etc are still being subsidized by the taxpayer, who eventually pays their tuition through higher taxes. Is that fair?

How many come to this country on student visas, get student loans or a free education and never leave?

How much would college cost if no one got a free ride, what if all scholarships, grants etc were withdrawn, what if athletes had to pay their own way, what if student loans actually had to be repaid?

Then, what would a college education actually cost?

Costs are determined by supply and demand, the more free education is provided, the more the cost goes up because of a lack of supply and increased demand, thus those who have to pay, pay more.

The cost of all the students who receive a free or subsidized education is factored into the cost to those who pay their own way, as a result, the ones who work hard and pay their own way are subsidizing everyone else.

When I graduated from high school, the cost to attend a state college was about two thousand dollars, I admit that was many years ago when the cost of living was much lower, but at that time there were very few ways to receive a free education.

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Life was a lot slower and simpler in the fifties and sixties.

If all the free rides were eliminated, and people actually paid back their student loans, would the cost be much higher than the two thousand dollars it cost many years ago, and even if the total cost  was a  little higher, wouldn’t it be better for everyone to pay their own way than having part of the population subsidize those who attend college? The way I see it if one goes to college and receives an education where he possibly can make more money than someone else, why should the person who makes less money pay for the education of someone who makes more?

It appears to me this is just another example of the poor subsidizing the wealthy. Aren’t the very people who believe they are looking out for the poor and disadvantaged, actually hurting the ones they are trying to help?

Aren’t the very people who believe they are looking out for the poor and disadvantaged, actually hurting the ones they are trying to help?

The author has been a writer/photographer for over thirty years. Specializing in nature and landscape photography, as well as studying native cultures.

His travels have taken him to most of the United States, as well as Australia, Belize, Egypt and the Canary Islands.

He has studied the Mayan culture of Central America as well as the aborigines of Australia. Photography has given him the opportunity to observe life in various parts of the world.

He has published several books about his adventures.

For more information, please consult his website,www.journeysthrulife.com.

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Gary has been a writer/ photographer for over 20 years, specializing in nature, landscapes and studying native cultures.Besides visiting most of the United States, he has traveled to such places as Egypt,the Canary Islands,much of the Caribbean, and studied Mayan Cultures in Central America, and the Australian Aboriginal way of life.Photography has given him the opportunity to observe life in many different cultures.

He has published several books about the various cultures he has studied.

For more information and a link to his hard cover and Ebooks, please check his website.http://www.commonsensejourneys.com

 

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 Gary has been a writer/ photographer for over 20 years, specializing in nature,landscapes and studying native cultures.Besides visiting most of the United States, he has traveled to such places as Egypt,the Canary Islands,much of the Caribbean. He has studied  the Mayan Cultures in Central America, and the Australian Aboriginal way of life.Photography has given him the opportunity to observe life in many different parts of the world!

He has published several books about the various cultures he has observed.

For more information and a link to his hard cover and Ebooks,and contact information: please check his website.www.commonsensejourneys.com

Your comments appreciated

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There's Always Room

There’s Always Room….

A philosophy professor stood before his class and had some items in front of him. When the class began, wordlessly he picked up a large jar and proceeded to fill it with rocks about 2″ in diameter. He then asked the students if the jar was full. They agreed that it was.

So the professor then picked up a box of pebbles and poured them into the jar. He shook the jar lightly. The pebbles, of course, rolled into the open areas between the rocks. He then asked the students again if the jar was full. They agreed it was.

The students laughed as the professor picked up a box of sand and poured it into the jar. Of course, the sand filled up everything else.

“Now,” said the professor, “I want you to recognize that this is your life . The rocks are the important things — your family, your partner,your health, your children — things that if everything else was lost and only they remained, your life would still be full. The pebbles are the other things that matter like your job, your house, your car. The sand is everything else. The small stuff.”

There was total silence as the students absorbed the lesson.

“If you put the sand into the jar first, there is no room for the pebbles or the rocks. The same goes for your life. If you spend all your time and energy on the small stuff, you will never have room for the things that are important to you. Pay attention to the things that are critical to your happiness. Play with your children. Take time to get medical checkups. Take your partner out dancing. There will always be time to go to work, clean the house, give a dinner party and fix the disposal.”

The students started nodding in agreement at the professor’s profound wisdom.

“Take care of the rocks first,” the professor finished — “the things that really matter. Set your priorities. The rest is just sand.”

But then…

A student then took the jar which the other students and the professor agreed was full, and proceeded to pour in a bottle of beer –and then another! Of course the beer filled the remaining spaces within the jar making the jar truly full.

The moral of this tale is:

That no matter how full your life is, there is always room for beer or two.

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 Gary has been a writer/ photographer for over 20 years, specializing in nature,landscapes and studying native cultures.Besides visiting most of the United States, he has traveled to such places as Egypt,the Canary Islands,much of the Caribbean. He has studied  the Mayan Cultures in Central America, and the Australian Aboriginal way of life.Photography has given him the opportunity to observe life in many different parts of the world!

He has published several books about the various cultures he has observed.

For more information and a link to his hard cover and Ebooks,and contact information: please check his website.www.commonsensejourneys.com

Your comments appreciated

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