The government’s programs to provide financial aid to college students were designed to make it easier for the students to build a sound future for themselves and for their families.
But the problem here is that colleges are increasingly demanding more money for tuition and basically erasing any financial assistance provided by the government, while the government is cutting down on educational assistance as part of nationwide budget cuts.
This would probably be a moot argument if the students can find decent-paying jobs to finance their college education – except that graduating students are faced with high unemployment rates and stiff competition from those already laid off from their jobs.
Alright, that’s enough complaining about the doom and gloom of today’s educational challenges. The reality of the situation is that the government is unable to match the rising cost of a degree being offered by colleges and is scaling back the assistance it doles out to students.
If that is the case, then students have only one real option: find an education that is cheap but pays well.
I’m talking about the dirty jobs no one else wants to touch. Sure, everyone wants to work in a cozy office, but there are other jobs out there that don’t need a four-year course to qualify for work. Community colleges offer a host of courses tailor-made to meet the needs of the local community, so this is one of the first places that low-income students can turn to when looking for quality education.
The student will then be able to learn a practical set of skills while supplementing education costs with part-time jobs. Once these skills yield a degree and get that student in a decent-paying job, that student can then start saving for a separate degree and gain access to higher-paying jobs WITHOUT having to get bogged down in tens of thousands of dollars worth of debt.
Easier said than done, yes, but that’s the reality of the situation. Maybe the economy will step up in the coming years, but we all do what we have to do while things are tough.