New Media Academy at Hollywood High School

My message: Don’t let debt kill my dreams

Dear future president,

Did you know that 75 percent of high school seniors are accepted to their first-choice college, but less than 57 percent can afford to attend? College tuition is increasing and the costs are getting higher each year. Not only would you have to pay for tuition, you would also pay for books and supplies, dorm or apartment rent, transportation and personal expenses. Certain college expenses aren’t affordable for everybody and it should be affordable.

College is now more expensive than it was back then. “’The Chart of the Day’ shows college tuition and fees have surged 1,120 percent since records began in 1978″ (Jamrisko and Kiolet 1). This is important because it shows soon enough it’s going to be a higher percentage.

Even after you graduate you want to start building a career for yourself but it might stop you from doing what you want to do because you still need to pay for the debt that you owe. The student loans are increasing every year and it’s getting out of hand.

“Americans owe nearly $1.3 trillion in student loan debt, spread out among about 43 million borrowers. In fact, the average class of 2016 graduate has $37,172 in student loan debt, up six percent from last year.”(Josuweit 1). This is important because even after people graduate they are still paying for their debt and it will probably take them a while to pay their debt. Not only that, but it can affect your life by ruining your credit score, prevent you from buying a house, a job, and one of the main things that can affect you from your student debt is that you might not be able to pursue your dreams.

So future president, you should make education a priority for our generation and for the future. This is important because most of us wants to pursue our dreams and make a living for ourselves. If this continues, it’s most likely not going to happen because of the rising cost of education.


Natalie Sosa

New Media Academy at Hollywood High School

Los Angeles, Calif.