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policymic:

Going to college on minimum wage is near impossible today


This chart from Michigan State University computer science graduate student Randy Olson explains why working your way through college — something many people who grew up in more fortunate economic times recommend — is pretty much impossible these days.
Comparing federal minimum wage trends to the rise in MSU tuition over the past 30 years, Olson found that the average 2013 MSU student would have to work six times as long at minimum wage to pay for their tuition as they would in 1979. As Olson writes:
The 1979 student would have to work about 10 weeks at a part-time job (~203 hours) — basically, they could pay for tuition just by working part-time over the Summer. In contrast, the 2013 student would have to work for 35 ½ weeks (~1420 hours) — over half the year — at a full-time job to pay for the same number of credit hours.
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policymic:

Going to college on minimum wage is near impossible today

This chart from Michigan State University computer science graduate student Randy Olson explains why working your way through college — something many people who grew up in more fortunate economic times recommend — is pretty much impossible these days.

Comparing federal minimum wage trends to the rise in MSU tuition over the past 30 years, Olson found that the average 2013 MSU student would have to work six times as long at minimum wage to pay for their tuition as they would in 1979. As Olson writes:

The 1979 student would have to work about 10 weeks at a part-time job (~203 hours) — basically, they could pay for tuition just by working part-time over the Summer. In contrast, the 2013 student would have to work for 35 ½ weeks (~1420 hours) — over half the year — at a full-time job to pay for the same number of credit hours.

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Student Loans Are Ruining Your Life. Now They'€™re Ruining the Economy, Too

policymic:

Watch: Honest University commercial

Everything wrong with college in 3 minutes.

Student Debt Profiteers Exposed

Nearly 80 Percent Of Students Work While In School

Tuition-free community college for Oregon high school grads up for debate

Tuition-free community college for Oregon high school grads up for debate

theatlantic:

Here’s Exactly How Much the Government Would Have to Spend to Make Public College Tuition-Free

A mere $62.6 billion dollars!
According to new Department of Education data, that’s how much tuition public colleges collected from undergraduates in 2012 in the entire United States. And I’m not being facetious with the word mere, either. The New America Foundation says that the federal government spent a whole $69 billion in 2013 on its hodgepodge of financial aid programs, such as Pell Grants for low-income students, tax breaks, work study funding. And that doesn’t even include loans. 
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theatlantic:

Here’s Exactly How Much the Government Would Have to Spend to Make Public College Tuition-Free

A mere $62.6 billion dollars!

According to new Department of Education data, that’s how much tuition public colleges collected from undergraduates in 2012 in the entire United States. And I’m not being facetious with the word mere, either. The New America Foundation says that the federal government spent a whole $69 billion in 2013 on its hodgepodge of financial aid programs, such as Pell Grants for low-income students, tax breaks, work study funding. And that doesn’t even include loans.

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Politicians, Ignore The Millennial Student Loan Crisis At Your Own Risk

aljazeeraamerica:

College loan program to recognize same-sex marriages 

Students in same-sex marriages will be treated the same as their straight married classmates when it comes to federal college loan applications, Education Secretary Arne Duncan said Friday, in a shift that reflects this year’s Supreme Court ruling that broadened gay rights.
"We must continue to ensure that every single American is treated equally in the eyes of the law, and this important guidance for students is another step forward in that effort," Duncan said in a statement.
The department said it would recognize a student — and parents — as legally married if the couple wed in a state that permits same-sex marriages.

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Photo: Alex Wong/Getty Images

aljazeeraamerica:

College loan program to recognize same-sex marriages 

Students in same-sex marriages will be treated the same as their straight married classmates when it comes to federal college loan applications, Education Secretary Arne Duncan said Friday, in a shift that reflects this year’s Supreme Court ruling that broadened gay rights.

"We must continue to ensure that every single American is treated equally in the eyes of the law, and this important guidance for students is another step forward in that effort," Duncan said in a statement.

The department said it would recognize a student — and parents — as legally married if the couple wed in a state that permits same-sex marriages.

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Photo: Alex Wong/Getty Images

(via mysocalled-gay-life)

Education Department Finds Numerous Problems At Sallie Mae, Levies No Fines

wasiafooltothink:

"How much money does college cost in America?"

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perksofahunter:

fat-grrrl:

sometimes I forget that Americans have to pay for university upfront like what the fuck is that are u guys ok

No we’re not okay. 

We’re not okay at all. 

(Source: radfemale, via greeklesbian)

theatlantic:

Why Are Colleges Getting So Expensive?

In the latest Economics in Plain English, Derek Thompson looks at why the rising costs of college is more complicated than they might seem.

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