The Plight of College Students

It’s college application season. That means millions of high school seniors around the country are scrambling to finalize applications and essays. However, at the same time, they are asking themselves, “how will I pay for this?” Education is the great equalizer in our country. We pride ourselves on being a meritocracy – on the idea that anyone, including those who grow up in the poorest neighborhoods, can pull themselves out of poverty through education. People with a college degree earn 98 percent more per hour than those with a high…

America’s Student Loan Crisis: What’s Going Wrong and How Can We Fix It?

The topic of student loans was one of the more prominent issues discussed in the election season. The price of tuition for colleges in the United States is rising alarmingly. “The average annual increase in college tuition from 1980-2014 grew by nearly 260% compared to the nearly 120% increase in all consumer items,” according to Business Insider. Student loan debt has now surpassed $1.3 trillion in the U.S. Government subsidization of college education, coupled with increasing demand, has contributed to this large increase in both tuition prices and student loan debt.…

Here’s what you need to know for tonight’s Fordham debate

Tonight’s debate (7 p.m. in Flom Auditorium) between Fordham’s College Democrats and Fordham’s College Republicans will consist of three rounds. The first will feature a bipartisan discussion on the Trans-Pacific Partnership in which a members from each club will work collaboratively to argue both sides. The second and third rounds will consist of traditional one-on-one debates in which a member from each club will take their party’s side on gun control and student debt. Here’s what you need to know about the issues. Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP)…

Bang for Your Buck: How Much Should College Really Cost?

A couple days ago, while surfing the Internet and sitting in my living room and complaining to my roommates about how expensive college is and all the debt we’re going to graduate with (a joyous conversation, I know), I found a rather soothing article that fit our conversation perfectly. A few days ago, Lower Saxony became the last of the seven German states to abolish tuition fees entirely for college students. I nearly choked on my coffee.