Cost of college almost encourages dropping out

If motivation is what colleges and other various universities are going for with their high tuition prices, I think they may be missing the mark.

And not by a little margin, by a huge one. In fact, I feel like colleges and universities are doing the exact opposite when they have steep tuition prices.

The figures can become so discouraging that a college student may even flirt with the idea of dropping out.

The pressures of completing school with a degree have grown to new heights. This generation of college kids have their work cut out for them with not an easy road ahead.

The cost of college tuitions are so astronomical that kids are often discouraged from even applying to schools with the fear of even if accepted being faced with the harsh reality of not being financial stable enough to attend.

One major statistical jump took place from the 2006-07 academic year to 2011-12. There was a 29 percent increase in average college tuition during this time period, according to

That’s not the only jump in tuition and fees as the category has increased drastically over the last forty or so years. And the change doesn’t just occur at the private four-year level, it also occurs at the public four-year level and even the public two-year level.

Here is a list of gradual increases starting in the 1971-72 academic year:

Private Four-Year University

  • 1971-72: $1,832
  • 1980-81: $3,617
  • 1990-91: $9,340
  • 2000-01: $16,072
  • 2010-11: $26,766
  • 2016-17: $33,479

Public Four-Year University

  • 1971-72: $428
  • 1980-81: $804
  • 1990-91: $1,908
  • 2000-01: $3,508
  • 2010-11: $7,629
  • 2016-17: $9,648

Public Two-Year Institution

  • 1971-72: $192
  • 1980-81: $391
  • 1990-91: $906
  • 2000-01: $1,642
  • 2010-11: $2,742
  • 2016-17: $3,520

The numbers for tuition and fees are shocking enough but to make matters even worse, when room and board is factored in the numbers almost become laughable.

Now students are facing the reality that it is in fact cheaper to stay off-campus then it is on-campus. Also, some colleges and universities are “recommending” and some even gently forcing freshman students to stay on-campus to “get the full college experience.”

Here is a list of the gradual increase in tuition and fees with room and board included for the average private and public four-year university.

Private Four-Year University

  • 1971-72: $2,929
  • 1980-81: $5,594
  • 1990-91: $13, 476
  • 2000-01: $22,240
  • 2010-11: $36,465
  • 2016-17: $45,365

Public Four-Year University

  • 1971-72: $1,405
  • 1980-81: $2,551
  • 1990-91: $5,074
  • 2000-01: $8,439
  • 2010-11: $16,178
  • 2016-17: $20,092

To make matters even worse the blurred line between a dependent and independent student is often times confusing to students.

In theory, any student under the age of 24 years old that is not married, a parent, a veteran and either or both parents are living you are considered dependent.

This causes an issue for students who fit those guidelines but do not live with their parents and are not receiving help with their school expenses.

According to the financial aid office, it is assumed parents will still be assisting the student with their collegiate expenses.

Thusly, many students are left without the possibility of financial aid.

Not to mention, the cost of tuition only takes care securing a place in the class itself. It doesn’t include the books or course material that is needed to pass the subject.

Because of the aforementioned reasons, students often rely on their own merit as they get part-time and even full-time jobs in order to pay for schooling.

The combination of working while going to school can be so exhausting that students often times take longer to finish their degree or even worse, they don’t finish at all.

Once you add together the expenses of college tuition, room and board and course material; students are left with nothing but dollar signs and numbers in their heads.

And if that’s the case where are they supposed to find room to soak up the knowledge of school?


Author: Sir_Chatterbox

I am a sports writer by nature. I have been writing sports stories for as long as I can remember. I was Sports Editor at my high school newspaper 'The Comet' (Westchester Enriched Sciences Magnet) for four years. I look to continue my journey here at Cerritos College. I am the Sports Editor for the spring 2016 semester for 'Talon Marks' here at Cerritos. Also, I will be starting my own radio show at WPMD entitled "Chatting with the Chatterbox." I am very dedicated to sports and keeping the truth in them. I sincerely hope while reading this blog you agree with me.

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