The Cost of College

A look at how unreasonable college costs have become, from Inside Higher Ed

In 1974, a year of attendance at the University of Oregon (the flagship university in my state) cost what a student working minimum wage could earn working 27 hours a week, year-round. That is a lot of work for a full-time student during the school year, but was not impossible and could be offset by more work hours in the summer.

By 2004, a full-time student would have to work 46 hours a week to pay for the same attendance. That is essentially impossible, cannot be sufficiently offset by summer earnings and is the fundamental gap that policy makers either don’t understand or choose to ignore because it is too depressing and can’t be fixed.

I'm not sure that I agree with the author's proposed solutions, but the article contains several more good illustrative examples of how unaffordable college is becoming for those in the middel and lower classes.

via Uncertain Principles


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