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College tuition costs rise

Seniors debating worth of higher education

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Since 1980, college tuition has more than doubled.

An increased amount of college graduates are unable to say that they have no college debt. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 260% increase over the past 35 years, students now are paying more than students have in the past.

“It’s crazy, the cost is insane,” Kaitlyn Njoo said.

In  a 2012 study conducted by Student Loan Hero, 71% of four-year college graduates are in educational debt. In addition, each student carries around an average debt of $32,300. Seniors and their families must face this decision: whether or not to send their students into higher education.

“I think it depends on what your ultimate goal is,” said Darryl Johnson, English teacher. “If your goal is to go to college to get a good job, a career that is meaningful to you and make good money and if the drive is intrinsic, then it’s worth it, absolutely.”

In  a 2015 Pew study, the average pay of a college graduate was $48,900 per year, while someone with only a high school diploma earned $23,900 per year.

“While finances are an issue, I think that the bigger issue is that students don’t know what they want to do in college,” said Alexander Houck, English teacher.

Out of the 80% of students who change their major in college, the average number of times a student will change their major is three, according to the National Center for Educational Statistics. Changing majors can add semesters to your time in college, and the cost of an extra semester is 10% of your full tuition, or on average $10,000. The cost of a higher education tuition can easily rack up, even with small changes like this.

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