New Media Academy at Hollywood High School

My message: Make my college affordable

Dear future president,

What’s the first thing that comes to your mind when someone says college? Do you think about your studies? Stress? Your career? Maybe your major? Or is it money? College costs a lot, everyone knows that. I mean you have to pay the tuition which is already around $32,000, textbooks, and then the dorm. Already the tuition is too much to handle and to add on to that, there are the debts you have to pay when you graduate.

The cost for going to college should be reduced or completely expelled without giving people debts after they graduate. If this doesn’t happen soon, then the cost is going to keep increasing until no one is capable of paying the price. People won’t be able to go to college, get the jobs they want, and maybe not even people with money will be able to attend school.

According to College Data, the average cost of college is around $32,000 dollars for a private college, $9,400 for state residents at public universities and for out-of-state students it’s around $23,800 in public colleges. That’s for one semester, don’t you think that’s excessively high?

The price for tuition has more than doubled from the 1980’s to today, according to College Board. If a student cannot pay for it, they get loans resulting in years of debt. Those debts can range up to the billions.

According to US News, research has shown that the average bachelor’s degree graduate takes up to 21 years to pay off their college debt, when they expect to pay it off in ten.

College is important, that is something we all know. We go to college to study something we find interesting, to find a career, not just a job. We go to become psychologists or lawyers. But if the prices keep increasing, we won’t have as many educated people, there will be limited resources, limited doctors, limited teachers, etc.

College is a necessity, some jobs won’t even hire you if you don’t have at least a bachelor’s degree. Jobs are limited for people who haven’t gone to college.

You must help us fix this problem. I want to go to college, I want others to go to college. People need their education but if college is so expensive, no one is going to want to go to school and pay that price.


Marisol Perez

New Media Academy at Hollywood High School

Los Angeles, Calif.