“At the community college I atend, they have made the drop date sooner and also instated a policy that you can only attempt the class 3 times. this is meant to discourage people from filling up classes and dropping at the last minute.”
Kurfco on Aug 29, 2012 at 20:34:54
“Well done. The best way to manage limited capacity is to make sure it is going to people who really will use it and winnow those who won't early enough so a wait listed student can still get into the class and won't be too far behind.”
“This is a really sad commentary on our country. As a young person, I hope things change for the better. I am purchasing a college education that I can afford. I know it's more complicated than just supply and demand but we got in this situation because of a sense of entitlement and the thought that debt is okay. I don't have a solution but regardless of what other people choose, I am choosing to stay out of debt.”
Aug 22, 2012 at 16:39:18
“We have made snacking a necessity! Get rid of all the sugar snacks and a lot of kids would have an easier time in school. If you eat healthy foods at your main meals, you don't need to snack. I eat mainly veggies and meat and I rarely snack but if I do, I usually grab a handful of nuts.
“My parents are middle class. My mom stayed home and raised us. We didn't take extravagant vacations or live in a huge house. They are contributing very little to my college education and we don't qualify for grants. I have saved a bit, my grandparents gave me a small amount of the years and by combing community college, a state college and living at home, I'm on track to graduate debt free. It's not easy but it's worth it.
“Had I chosen to attend my dream school, I would have graduated with over $100,000 in debt.They accepted me but I turned them down. My parents are middle class and we don't qualify for grants. I chose instead to buy what I can afford- an education starting at community college and then transferring to a state school after that which means living at home during college too.
“"Regardless of public opinion, a college degree is more closely linked to a comfortable life than ever before."
This is the lie our generation has been lead to believe. I am opting for a low cost college option ( A State School) so I can check the box but I doubt that education will be very useful in real life. I already have a couple side businesses and I don't know that I will end up working for someone that will require a degree.
“This is exactly what is needed. Everyone doesn't need to go to 4 years of college. It's great to see changes in our education system that look at need instead of just handing us degrees that are worthless.
Jul 31, 2012 at 10:50:57
“It would be good to know if they used cheese made from grass fed cows or conventional feedlot cows. I'm thinking this might have something to do with the difference in findings between the French and the UK.
“I totally agree although I'm going to check the box and go to college. I'm not going into debt for the degree which will give me more choices because I won't have to worry about college debt repayment.
We need more options like apprenticeships and trade school that are actually legitimate training programs not overpriced loan factories.
Mollyannie on Jul 29, 2012 at 17:02:03
“Very good plan. Agree with you about the trades.”
“It's hard to cheat in online classes if the professor takes the time to write his own test. Also most of my online classes have tests that are timed so you have to know the material. And papers can be run through a plagiarism detection program. In my experience cheating is not an issue any more than it is for regular classroom instruction. I really enjoy online classes because of the flexibility they provide and I don't have to sit in class all day.
“This is exactly what I'm in the process of doing. No one wants to tell my generation that they can't have it all. Many of my friends feel entitled to go to their dream school.
ztck5356 on Jul 26, 2012 at 15:07:04
“The key word here is "entitled." That seems to be the heart of all the financial woes today. The thought that we are all "entitled" to the best schools, the best homes, the best clothes, the best jobs, etc.
Somewhere people have failed to learn that you are only entitled to what you work hard to sacrifice to earn yourself. There should be no "entitlements" expected. The good news is, that you appreciate what you have a lot more when YOU had to work for it yourself, or gain it the hard way. I wish you luck in your endeavor to get your education "debt free!" You can do it!”
“I agree that school loans are holding back economic recovery but I don't agree that making them dischargeable will solve the crisis. It would only start another crisis!
If all a student had to do after college was to declare bankruptcy, this would become the norm upon graduation.
The solution lies in helping students understand debt and exactly what their 4 years will cost them and exactly what that means in terms of monthly payments. There should be more disclosure much like a home mortgage.
I also think the amount that is loaned to a student needs to be capped based on what kind of degree they are pursuing. A student getting a teaching degree and taking out $100,000 worth of debt means a life of poverty based on the debt to possible earnings ratio.
And the government says that's okay by offering them a loan for that much. Sounds a lot like the mortgage crisis.
Opinion ated on Jul 26, 2012 at 12:14:47
“So I am guessing that you have done alot of research and came to that theory by deciding that claiming bankruptcy is free and has no penelties.”