By Shelby Cohan
Do you plan to further your education after finishing high school? Have you made yourself aware of the average prices of higher education throughout the country? The recent presidential debates have had a lot of focus relating to the rising cost of higher education. Anyone who plans to attend college anytime between now and the next four years can find high importance in becoming familiarized with this subject.
The average yearly cost for attending an in-state public university is $9,139. That cost does not include room and board and only increases if you choose to go to a private or out of state school. Seems like a lot considering most entering college only have a minimum wage paycheck, right? Well this high cost of higher education is an area that a few of the democratic candidates are interesting in changing if elected.
Democratic candidates Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders, and Martin O’Malley all have made it a point to say they want public universities to offer free tuition and to change how student loans work. One huge reason for these changes is to make attending college assessable to everyone, no matter their financial situation. Student loans have also been a main talking point in this area. Candidates have spoken about lowering the interest rates so that the loans can be paid off in an easier and timelier fashion. Currently there is over 1 trillion in student loan debt.
Even if voting is not an option for you in the upcoming election, it is still important to become aware of the issues. These issues will suddenly be relevant to your life and you do not want to be unaware of what is occurring. Stay current with the political issues because no matter what, they will somehow end up effecting you.