The cost of tuition on the rise and the amount of student debt in the trillions of dollars. It is understandable that many students of higher education have been on the march. Marching for change, demanding that now is the time that public universities become tuition free, all student debt be forgiven and the minimum wage increased to at least fifteen dollars.
Over the past few months, we have seen protests from fast food workers demanding a livable wage. Wanting to make enough money to be able to take care of themselves and their family without the need of assistant from the government or anyone else for that matter. Based on economic understanding and overall cost of those things needed to live, a wage of fifteen dollars per an hour is what is needed to survive. This was the inspiration of the Million Student March.
Not too long ago it was possible for a person to work their way through college. By committing himself or herself to do different jobs such as waitressing, serving, retail, or any number of jobs that offer flexibility. With the staggering price of tuition of just a public university, it is no longer possible. Many may be able to accomplish this with community college but to go beyond the two years it will cost, mucho dinero.
Which is horrible for those people wanting to pursue an education that come from more backgrounds that are modest. Those who do not have familial financial support, for whatever reason or extra money set aside for college. Even those federal grants that once was enough to cover an entire four years at a public university have greatly reduced or have been eliminated. Scholarship are not as plentiful as they once were. This leaves those financially strapped students and their family accumulating a staggering amount of debt before money are old enough to lease a car.
What is worse is before a person had the promise of a great economy and plethora of jobs. That daunting number of student tuition debt seem to be a worthy investment. Once upon a time, a graduate could expect the money earn from his or her job would be enough to handle rent, food, basic necessity, and tuition loan repayment. However, with the employment opportunities being as bleak as they are this is no longer a guarantee. In fact, it is more likely that a person will graduate and have to move back in with their parents or take a job making peanuts. Because the world is not handing out jobs like it was fifteen years ago.
Living in one of the wealthiest countries in the world it does not seem like too much to ask for tuition free education, a livable wage, a removal of all student debt. There are many countries that offer this along with a living stipend. How can we expect to stay in the position that we are in the world dynamic if the youth and citizens of this country cannot afford to be educated? Cannot afford to have the tools that will place them on a level making us worthy to compete in any industry across the world.
I hope that these marches and demonstration do not fall on deaf ears. Those politicians, movers, and shakers will hear the plight of today’s student and have to courage to make a change. IF this is implemented it will absolutely be a game changer. One of the few moves that will completely level the playing field.
One can only hope.