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.…

Affirmative Action and Inequality in American Education

By this Christmas, Abigail Fisher will have visited the Supreme Court of the United States twice in four years. Abigail is the plaintiff in a case regarding the admissions policy at the University of Texas at Austin, which, like many colleges around the country, includes race as one factor in its competitive evaluation of prospective students. Since 2008, Ms. Fisher has claimed she was illegally rejected from the school, as it admitted less-qualified candidates of minority races, thus violating her right to equal protection under the law as defined in…