Increase in Education Costs

Increase in Education Costs

Nothing in life is free. There are fees and costs associated with just about everything, and these days it seems like those expenses are only increasing more and more. That being understood, it still doesn’t make the rising cost of education for college students any less frustrating or difficult to manage. Public universities in the United States were once renowned for providing a top notch education at an affordable cost. My own father put himself through college by working part time at fast food joints like Taco Bell and Burger King.

Fast forward a few decades to the present situation – there has been a 12% increase in education costs for students in California, for example. The average yearly cost for a University of California student is almost $30,000 a year. Sure that includes tuition fees, textbooks, rent, transportation, and food – but come on, close to $1500 a year just to have the books you need for a couple months for your classes…really?! It doesn’t make sense if you ask me – or the throngs of college students across the country that have held protests and rallies to voice their outrage.

Something is clearly wrong with this picture. On the one hand you have a budget deficit, on the other hand you’re shutting out thousands of students that can no longer afford education. When looking at the problem full circle it’s much more than just tuition that is creating increased costs. The cost of textbooks alone has increased at twice the rate of inflation for the past 20 years, housing costs have nearly doubled and the cost of food is no better.

What’s the solution then? Is there a solution? What would you propose be done to stem the hikes?