They make me cry, and classes haven’t even begun yet. All I really want to know at this point is: why the hell does it cost so much? Jesus, it’s highway robbery in some places. So why?
A simple Google search yields that universities need to spend a lot of money to:
- Attract students to come study – …really? I’m sceptical to say the least…anyone with half a brain knows that without post-secondary education, you’ll have almost no shot in life…so why is so much being spent on “attracting prospective students”?
- Further research – how about you seperate research funding from university studies? It’s not like the research is helping the students, so why charge us for it?
- Pay scholarship awards – wait, what the hell? I need to pay more so the university can help the elite???
- Pay exiting board members MASSIVE rewards – screw you, you selfish bastards.
- Ensure state of the art facilities – makes sense, but does that really, really require so much from each student?
There are probably some more reasons, but as far as my simplistic thinking goes, it really doesn’t need to be that expensive to go to university. It seems to me that universities everywhere are taking advantage of the fact that without a degree you won’t amount to shit these days, so they can make the prices as ludicrous as possible (nope, even more than that) and still get every last dime. It’s ridiculous, not only because it’s ruthless, but so effective.
And amping the price for out-of-province and out-of-country kids…I get it, you want to give your local kids a better shot, but the rate at which universities increase the price for these students is beyond comprehension. For example, you need to be either bat-shit rich or bat-shit crazy to do your undergraduate studies in the US as an international student, and let’s face it, who wouldn’t like to do their undergraduate there, were it not for the price?
So in conclusion, university costs so much because the powers that be know it’s a money-making machine, and the world runs on dollars. It’s a real shame, because it prevents so many people from getting an education and then using their skills to better society. I’ve rejected a lot of my parents’ religious faith, but the belief that education is something sacred isn’t beyond me. So why must it be cursed with the heinous fees that have become synonymous with it today? A real travesty.
Needless to say, I am NOT looking forward to financing the next part of my life…and I’m really lucky at that, because my parents are helping me so, so much. If I ever become a politician, reducing university fees through any and all means possible will be at the top of my list. Shame it isn’t that way today.