Why is College Tuition so Expensive?


Progression of tuition rates in public and private colleges from '80-'15.

College is the next step for many after graduating from high school. However, some may skip college due to the substantial expenses that come with it if you don’t receive a scholarship. The American Foundation found out that the top reasons students don’t attend college is because they can’t afford it. Lowering college tuition is a good idea because it would be beneficial to everyone. The more educated we are, the better our country is.

One of the reasons for lowering the costs would be that students would be more open to college choices without worrying about paying for it. When students look for colleges, they mainly look at the yearly tuition cost along with other school expenses. If college tuition were lower, students would only have to worry about school accessories and other school things. They would be able to choose a college based on their major and not their second or third choice because they can’t afford their favorite choice.

The graduation rate for California college students is 64.1% for those who graduated within six years. Those numbers are high, but think how much higher they could be if more people didn’t have to drop out due to tuition. They could attend and graduate without even worrying about the costs.
I have to say the idea of lowering college tuition is a good idea, but it’s going to affect colleges in the number of students that attend. Even though lowering tuition could possibly devalue a college diploma, it doesn’t affect the quality of the college. If any college were to become tuition-free, that doesn’t make it less of a school than another college. If a college were to do so, it would only be helpful to lots of students, where most don’t have the money to go to a college that they hope to go to.

To sum all this up, although lowering college tuition is a risky issue for colleges. It might be a risk that the United States should take for more people to be educated. It would solve many problems students deal with when deciding to attend college. This idea has many upsides to it, including more college choices, more applicants, and higher college graduation rates in the United States, and it would be promoting the importance of education a great extent.