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How much would college cost if no one got a free ride, what if all scholarships, grants etc were withdrawn, what if athletes had to pay their own way, what if student loans actually had to be repaid?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

photo fo two people, a child and an adult looking at a sunset over the ocean

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.

Your comments are welcome

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Muslim Attacks in the Mediterranean Lead to the “Discovery” of the New World

The Discovery of the New World

photo of a Mayan Pyramid

An interesting photo book about the Maya Indians of central America

Written by:Gary Wonning

The Muslims and Christians have been fighting for centuries, it has been an on-going battle that has continued through the millennia.

During that time period, Muslim pirate Barbarossa wrecked havoc in the Mediterranean, raiding the coasts of France, Italy, and Spain, carrying away thousands of Europeans into slavery. In the process,Muslim Turks had conquered the Byzantine Empire,  u were invading Serbia, Hungary, and Bulgaria. Suleiman’s armies surrounded Vienna, Austria, in 1529. For centuries Arab, Turkish, Mughal and Afghan conquerors killed  millions of Hindus and Sikhs in India and the East.

The Spanish soldier proved to be the most successful champion in defending Christendom. Spain’s King Ferdinand put a halt to the 700-year Muslim occupation of western Europe. Using gold from the New World, Spain was able to push back the Muslim invaders on land and sea.

It was during this time, the Europeans began running out of resources to fight the good fight. At the risk of Europe being over run and conquered by the invaders, new sources of revenue had to be found and found quickly.

Art Prints

Hearing of vast sources of gold and other valuable resources to the west, their attention naturally turned to discovering ways of tapping into this perceived wealth.

The Spanish at that time were one of the major leaders in the world so the task fell to them to explore the new world.

The natives of the America’s had never advanced their civilization one iota over the last ten thousand years and thus had none of the modern conveniences or technology the Europeans, Chinese, Tuks or others possessed, so it was just a matter of time before they were conquered by someone, at the time, the Spanish were the most powerful.

There is a lesson to be learned here for everyone when we don’t advance our learning and knowledge, sooner or later another culture will overtake us and destroy our way of life.

 

photo of the Egyptian sphinz

A new era approaches

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.

Your comments are welcome

Sarah and the Final Exam

Sarah and the Final
Exam

Sarah reported for her university final
examination which consists
of “yes/no” type questions. She takes her seat in the examination hall,
stares at the question paper for five minutes, and then in a fit of
inspiration
takes her purse out, removes a coin and starts tossing the coin and
marking the answer sheet “Yes” for Heads and “No” for
Tails.

Within half an hour she is all done, whereas the rest of the class
is sweating
it out. During the last few minutes, she is seen desperately throwing the
coin, swearing and sweating.

The moderator, alarmed, approaches her and asks what is going on.
“I finished the exam in half an hour, but I’m rechecking the
answers”.

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