Originally Posted by Dave D
As a general rule, no one pays sticker unless your parents are rich. The numbers are so high because the people who pay that subsidize poor people. Also there are lots of schools that don't cost nearly that much that are just fine.
Try again Canadia.
Originally Posted by Janice7776
Sorry, I'm confused...Can you elaborate please?
also everyones got a 4 year, you really need 8 years imo
In the US, when you apply to college, you usually also apply for financial aid which means your parents submit an application called the FAFSA that lists their income and other stuff like how many kids they have in college etc. It varies by school, but most people get some aid, and the poorer your parents are, the more aid you get. Admission to the school is usually "need blind" and most schools have a policy of meeting "100% of demonstrated need" which is usually determined by a formula on the FAFSA. It's not a perfect system, but it means that only the more affluent pay full sticker price, most other people get a discount.
There are also plenty of decent to great public universities with much lower tuition (but still have the same need based aid policies).
There are also lots of merit scholarships. Also lots of people get scholarships based on sports. Yes they are usually time commitments, but unless it's football/basketball/baseball, chances are that most everyone (including coach) realizes that you're not going pro and need to spend time on your studies. There are lots of obscure sport athletes that don't really
require the same time/physical commitments, because the schools have to balance out their spending on the big sports with smaller ones due to something called Title IX. The % of students who go on an athletic scholarship varies, but at my school I think it was around 10%.
While having a 4 year degree has diminished value these days, that's less true when you're talking about something useful like math/science .
We're making fun of these protestors because a few hundred dollars a year, in a recession, is really nothing compared to what we pay and means the students will have to work maybe an extra week to pay off this increased debt.