Regardless of your opinion on the budget, one thing I have encountered in my return teaching this semester is the sheer weight of financial burden on my public community college students.
Even at an institution like ours, where you once got a two-year degree or technical training with almost no debt, students must now borrow and work constantly to afford the one thing proven to free people from poverty and hardship: a college education.
And when I say “work,” I don’t mean 10 hours a week at the library. Students are working full time to afford to live and attend school, and their schooling is suffering as a result. Add to this the complications of raising a family or paying for a mortgage, and the math gets harder.
Please go below the jump to see this full graphic by the Frugal Dad blog. I do believe this is an accurate view of what students face. Simply not going to college should not be considered a solution. It is a disqualifying frame of reference in our current economy. So, this debate should continue with the following information in mind.