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Published:July 3rd, 2009 15:39 EST
College -- At What Price?

College -- At What Price?

By Garrett Godwin

"The economy is going through tough times ever since the Great Depression, which is getting even tougher for college graduates to seek jobs in their field.  Even worse, it is getting even harder for parents to send their kids away to school, as tuition rates continue to increase year after year.  According to college adminstrators, severe budget cuts could destroy chances academically and more for college students. 

`Look, if the instructors know what they`re talking about and the weeds aren`t growing between the sidewalks, I could care less about all the extras` 19-year-old Jessica Biondo of Beverly Hills said to the Free Press on Sunday.  One of four children, she sets out to transfer to Wayne State University, whose Board of Governors is to meet Wednesday in discussing next fall`s tuition.

Wayne State`s tuition has went from $6,778 to $8,109 -- a 20% increase over the four years.  Jessica and her mother, Colleen, visited Wayne State over the weekend to check out scholarship opportunities.  Though she wants to attend there, Jessica began to have second thoughts due to getting an `higher education` -- at a higher cost.

`I feel sometimes like saying, `Bite me` she stated, shaking her head.  "Everyone`s got to give a little.`"

Detroit Free Press

There are several ways to save money when attending college -- with Fastweb, for instance.  The website allows both high school juniors and seniors, and college students to seek out scholarships, job opportunities, and internships for their majors.  If your college, like my alma mater the University of Michigan-Dearborn, has a cooperative education program, ask for more information about it.  Unlike internships, co-ops are paid positions within your field of choice.

Other opportunities include seeking out part-time and/or full-time employment while going to school full-time as well as during the holiday breaks and summer, or attending a community college where you can commute from home.  And whatever you do, be wise where credit cards are concerned; they`re even worse than college loans.

They say that high school prepares us for college, college prepares us for the real world, but what does it say about us preparing for the real world now that we`re college graduates going into adulthood?  That is the question.