As UM student paying out-of-state tuition, I can empathize with those whose greatest criteria for college is cost. That is why it didn’t come as much of a surprise when I read that American students are flocking to the UK where tuition is considerably less expensive. Their government is much more involved and supportive in post secondary funds than that of the United States, which has been a significant problem since post World War II. An article in the Wall Street Journal states, ““Some U.S. College Students Look to the U.K.,” and also includes statistics on the current U.S. college tuition rates:
“Every college that features in the top 20 of the U.S. News and WorldReport’s most recent ranking of best U.S. colleges costs at least $34,000 a year for tuition and fees. Most, in fact, are closer to $40,000 a year, and quite a few top that level.”
The fact that U.S. college fees have gotten so out of hand just goes to show that Americans are extremely limited in their educational preference. While I was fortunate enough to attend the university of my choice, I know that many are not so lucky. Education must be attainable to every single child from elementary school all the way to higher education. Every student should be prepared for the world we live in now. And if they can’t find in the U.S., they’re going to find it abroad.
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