Equity in Higher Education?

My neighbor’s college-age daughter has amazing artistic talent. She and her mom visited the local Art Institute to see what programs they offer. During their visit, they learned the degree would cost around $99,000.! The AI employee told them the daughter could take out $30,000. in government loans, and the parents could take out a Supplement loan for $60,000.! NO LIE!

Thankfully, these parents are smart people and said absolutely not.

My neighbor’s sister lives in a different state. Sister has made bad choices most her life and lives off government assistance. Because Sister lives off the government, her state pays for her kids to go to college for free! Yes, you read that right, FREE. So my neighbor’s daughter would be required to pay $99,000. for a college degree that has an earning potential of $38,000. per year, because her parents have stayed married, made the hard, healthy choices, and not gone into debt, while her cousin, due to the inept choices of her mother, gets to go to her local Art Institute for FREE.

5 thoughts on “Equity in Higher Education?

  1. We are also discovering that there are no merit scholarships left.
    Everything is means-tested need-based. Sure, good grades might help get a scholarship…if you are also poor. But basically, just working hard and staying clean is not enough. If your parents have any personal wealth, you are not eligible for scholarships. But the college kids are all adults, so they should all be tested based on their own means, which for most college kids is poverty.

    It is all about the money.

  2. I remember taking a class at Kent State to finish up my undergrad; I was one class short of finishing up my degree, and I had to go home for the summer. They told me I could take the class at a university near home. I chose to go to Kent State because their tuition was much cheaper.

    Anyway, in sociology class, on of the things that they said is that one of the areas of inequality was keeping certain information from some people, and giving it to others. This sounds suspiciously like that to me. Only it is the “minorities” who are getting all of the information and the degrees, and those who are even middle class are forced to basically go into debt if they want the degree.

    In other words, it almost sounds like an example of class or race warfare. Granted no one can have everything; but the idea that poor person didn’t work hard seems to be something that is unthinkable in this society. Therefore, if you are middle or upper class, you are discriminated against.

    The solution is very simple. First, get the government out of education, and force schools to charge what people can afford. Second, if you do set up a scholarship program, allow the poor and the rich an equal shot at it depending upon how hard you work.

    God Bless,
    Adam

  3. @Adam
    That’s the thing: scholarships ought to be merit-based. That is why they are called SCHOLARships. They are rewards for exemplary performance that go to those who show the most promise in their potential to produce.

    If a school wants to have a needs-based program, then fine: they can set it up as they choose, and run it however they want.

    But yes…getting government out of this business–except, perhaps, for such things as ROTC scholarships that serve the needs of the military to attract talented folks–would be the ideal place to start.

    As Denninger pointed out yesterday, it would bankrupt a lot of schools. So what? We have too many schools anyway. We need to wake up and smell the napalm and figure out that college is not for everybody.

    As for the “professors” and administrators who are in their cushy ivory tower worlds, it’s long past time for them to find out what their “skills” are really worth.

    Reality can be quite the bitch.

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