Seniors who are spending the December break dotting I's and crossing T's on college applications may not feel like the year is over, but we soon get to say goodbye to a calendar year some are convinced was 18 months long.
So much for fair-minded visions of colleges and universities as elevated bastions of fairness, equity, and leveling of the playing field. Instead, colleges are now freely admitting the open secret that they tip the odds and open the door wider to welcome the well heeled.
What is happening at the university is a microcosm of what is happening in the country generally. That includes the sacrifice of the public for the private and the worship of money as the one true measure of worth.
Though I complain about late nights in the library or having to write difficult papers, I remember that I am one of the few that made it out of this cycle. Education is the key to achieving one's dreams, but at what price?
Parents and students have several options that are worth serious consideration when it comes to managing the cost of higher education. The following six strategies have the potential to save a year or more of the cost of a college education today.
If we recognize and address the serious threat of a potential student loan meltdown, we can protect student enrollment from a crisis that could leave our colleges looking like our foreclosed neighborhoods, a sad legacy of the recent mortgage crisis.
The problem is that we've come to expect that every child has the right to attend any institution willing to accept him or her, regardless of the cost. And that somebody, somewhere, will foot the bill or forgive the loans.