More than 1M fewer students are in college, the lowest numbers in 50 years

More than 1M fewer students are in college, the lowest numbers in 50 years
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2 thoughts on “More than 1M fewer students are in college, the lowest numbers in 50 years

  1. Aditya avatar

    This is nearly a strictly American problem. Much of the rest of the world has realized that society requires and is capable of supporting advanced education for all — after all we want humanity to be advancing, right?

    America is still stuck in this alternate universe where it's a great privilege to have the opportunity to learn, which is of course true to some extent, but they really put it on a pedestal there.

    Compared to the rest of the world, I think they over index on attending prestigious out-of-state and thus expensive, regardless of public or private, instead of building a really strong system for locals.

    I think of my (non-US) classmates, maybe 1-2 per 100 were from a different region or country? I paid a total of $20k over five years which I easily covered with internships/summer jobs. Can you say the same in the US?

  2. Aditya avatar

    I have 3 college-aged kids and one nearly there. Their universal concern is the cost. It has become prohibitive.

    Colleges assumed the trend of charging $25k to $50k per year would be sustainable. They were dead wrong, especially given the horrendously predatory loans backed by the government and barred from bankruptcy.

    If we fix the college financial system, enrollment would likely skyrocket.