We should all be advocating for the elimination of student loans – The Daily Free Press
Massachusetts supporters are call on President-elect Joe Biden for doing more for the student loan crisis. The state’s average student debt is above the national rate.
However, a strong movement against the cancellation of student debt remains, and some people are basing their anger on the simple fact that they had to pay it off themselves.
This mentality prioritizes American individualism over empathy for others and does not stimulate any progress.
Similar sentiments circulated when Boston University announced it would be implementing an affordable BU starting with the class of 2024. Students were upset and felt the proposal rejected the needs of current students. Even the editorial board of the Daily Free Press had at variance with the program when it was announced.
But progress is to solve the problems to improve our society in the future. The unfortunate experiences we have all endured do not justify allowing these problems to continue out of our own spite. If you can’t make a case for wiping out future student loans, for example, you’re not close to having your own loans canceled, either.
The burden of student loans causes a lot of stress and a lot of money for the average student. Financial aid can usually cover a large chunk of college expenses for low-income applicants, but the middle class is often overlooked.
This contempt for the middle class is a major flaw in the college financial aid system. The process looks at your parents’ income and assumes that they are investing so much in your education, which is not always an accurate description of what families are willing or able to invest in their child’s education.
The student is then forced to shoulder the burden of his tuition fees and pay a large sum in loans because he could not get enough help from a university or government.
So the middle class earns just enough money to be exempt from financial aid, but not enough to pay for college in full – not to mention the other social barriers students face when applying to the university. university.
In addition to these drawbacks, we place a strong emphasis on college as a gateway to success, which inherently forces people to attend a four-year college and pay sky-high prices to get a degree.
And some people just can’t leave college, either because of their chosen profession or because of a need for increased financial stability after graduation.
Many students overload their classes and graduate early to minimize the cost of their degrees. We are ready to do this for institutions like the BU which have exceptional programs capable of boosting our career prospects. But these additional charges could be reduced.
On the list of things that Americans tend to think of as a human right in this country, higher education doesn’t seem to fit. Elementary in high school is free and accessible, but success ultimately comes at a high price.
Education is a resource in which we should be prepared to invest. We pay taxes on our roads and our armed forces, but we cannot recognize that higher education is an opportunity for society to progress and innovate.
The US federal government can control the cost of public schools. California community colleges have offered free tuition to eligible students, and countries around the world have insanely low prices for public schools – completely free in some cases.
When the public sees politicians discussing the possibilities surrounding free tuition or canceling student debt, many immediately call these proposals utopian fantasies.
Adjusting a national budget is easier said than done, and with a country divided along partisan lines, it’s hard to imagine Congress passing a bill to help with the student loan crisis.
But, it is still possible. Politicians have developed detailed plans for bills that we deem unworkable, and voters do not pay enough attention to the information they provide. Right now, people tend to rely heavily on hearsay without offering the other party an opportunity to prove that progressive plans can work.
We can change the culture around higher education. We can create a more accessible environment that encourages young minds to choose a degree that they are genuinely interested in rather than one in a subject they are compelled to study, as it is more likely worth the heavy financial investment.
We will have a wider range of career-passionate students within our education system who will have the opportunity to truly begin their “quest for happiness” rather than graduating straight into the debt of a lifetime.
Our society’s subconscious desire to see people suffer with outdated and abusive standards – simply because we have done so – is selfish, and we should do our best to actually change the systems that have neglected our needs.