The Price of Knowledge

The not-so-hidden cost of higher education
Is there an entire population of people who will never know the excitement of gameday...
... because they can't afford it?
Is there an entire population that will never have the opportunity to educate themselves...
... because the financial burden would cripple them and their families?
Its not a hard subject to wrap your mind around...
...but its a subject school administrators won't talk about.

When prospective students try and find financial information on their dream school...

...they find everything they want to see and more.

More prestigious universities seem to spend less money trying to convince people of their value.

But still only show the positive elements of their school

And why wouldn't they?

Students tuition and fees are their primary source of revenue.

Where is all that money going?

Little John Colosseum
Death Valley
Watt Family Innovation Center
Core
Core Dining
mediocre food in Core

All these unnecessary aesthetics are great, but is the extra cost worth it?

The average tuition of the American public 4 year college is $18,000

(U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics. (2016). Digest of Education Statistics, 2015 (NCES 2016-014), Chapter 3.)

The average household income in America is $53,889

(U.S. Census Bureau)

That means HALF of the population would have to spend over a THIRD of their annual income to better their lives and further their education.

If education is as important as we have all been lead to believe, Why is such a large number of Americans not permitted the opportunity to pursue one?

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