Originally posted by TheoOne
They show how much a car costs, right? They show that on TV, papers, everywhere.
And yet, they don't show that how much education costs in uni in papers, or tv, or anywhere, which is really gay. At first, they try to make you
apply and then make you pay for it, forcing you to think of it as the "offer you can't refuse", wouldn't that be right?
An industry cannot run without profit. So, they probably will suck you into the deep hole and pay the uni for the rest of your life, lol.
[edit on 6-2-2008 by TheoOne]
No, no, no, no. You need to substitute 'make' for 'entice'.
Then your comments would read: ' First, they entice you to apply ...'
Think 'industry', 'business', 'profit '. Then you'll begin to see it in a different light.
Paid education is an industry. Industries need to make profit.
In order to sell their 'product', they make that product look 'appealing'.
And obviously they've succeeded in your case, or you wouldn't be devoting your time to discussing it.
So, at this point, you WANT to attend university.
But it seems you don't feel you should have to pay for it. Or maybe you believe you shouldn't have to pay 'much' for it.
And when you look around, in any car-dealer's or property-development, you'll hear and see thousands struggling with the same conundrum.
" Oh gee ... I'd love that blue Mercedes " they say wistfully ... or " Gee honey .. imagine how great it would be for the kids, to live in a house
like that ? "
Now, the salesmen will he *delighted* to sell the blue Mercedes or the five-bedroom, four bathroom, three living-rooms and pool house on the hill.
And you WANT to buy that car or home.
So where's the problem ?
NO problem, if you know what you want and have the means to pay for them.
People buy blue Mercedes and new homes every minute. They're happy. Salespeople are happy.
So where does the griping and misery enter the arena ?
Happens when people DO WANT those items but do NOT have the means to acquire them.
But they WANT them !!
And get bad-tempered when they can't have them.
So maybe they take a loan.
Now what they're getting is someone ELSE's money ... to use as their own.
Would YOU give someone YOUR money to use as THEIR own .. without ensuring they could and would repay you ? Doubt it. I sure wouldn't. And nor do
lending institutions. That's life.
So if you WANT something badly enough to take out a loan, you must do so in full awareness that the lender will want his money repaid .. by YOU.
A large percentage of university students have to take out loans to pay for their university tuition. And they have to repay those loans, of course.
They're purchasing a product. This is made clear to them at the outset.
If they fail to repay their loans then they will be and are subject to the law. Naturally.
NO-one 'makes' anyone attend university.
And like any other business or industry, universities are there to turn a profit. Do you intend to work for free ? Well, nor do universities .. or
car dealerships or property developers or bakers or jewellers.
Universities advertise their 'product'. They compete with each other for customers (students). And like any business, they maximise what they
believe to be their most attractive selling-points. They'd be stupid to do otherwise.
When you see a property advertised for sale, the advertisement may have what appears a low price across it in bold print. ' Gee, what a bargain ! '
you whistle. You inspect the house and love it. You dash off to the bank and beg for a loan. You get it. You run back to the realtor yelling:
"Yay ! When can we move in ! ". He leads you to a desk and you begin signing documents. Then you notice that in purchasing that house, you are
now also committed to payment of $25,000 or $65,000 in Stamp Duty. You're also required to shell out $500 in inspection fees. Your solicitor or
conveyancing agent holds out his hand for another several thousand dollars. Then you realise you have to pay to have the electricity and gas
connected. Then more before your new home is fitted with telephone and broadband or whatever. The fence needs repairing or the local authority will
fine you. The guttering is rotten and needs replacing. There's insurance to pay. So the house you purchased for say, $400,000 has now cost you
$50,000 more (at least) and you haven't even put your foot across the threshold yet .. or noticed that the carpets need replacing .. and the window
frames, etc. etc.
' How much did you pay for your house? ' your friend asks two weeks later. What do you reply .. the base cost of the house? Do you add, ' And it
cost a bomb in peripherals ' ? When you purchase a car that's advertised at $26,000 on tv, do you decide you've been ripped off when you later
discover you're also required to pay on-road costs, insurance, registration, etc. etc. ? Will anyone listen or sympathise? After all, haven't
THEY also had to pay additional costs as a matter of course ? It's life. And as you pass through life, you realise you need to study the fine print
and NOT imagine that because it's 'YOU' and because You Want something, that business and industry will say: ' Oh .. it's YOU .. well of course
YOU should have what YOU want and to hell with what that costs us '.
University education is a 'product'. Up to you to get the best deal you can for yourself. If you're not prepared to expend that time and energy
and effort in researching the best deal for you .. then you might pay above what is necessary. You're just one of millions vying for a place at
university. They're competing with you. If you don't want that place, someone else will. And they'll be prepared to pay for it. It's as simple
Universities don't care if it's you or someone else in that seat. Next year, there'll be a whole new crowd fighting to buy that 'university
education' (product). So if you really want it and know WHY you want it, then you'll find a way to pay for it. And you'll know that if you fail
to repay your loan, then you'll be required to face the consequences. No-one's 'making' you attend university. But you WILL have to pay for it.
Like the blue Mercedes, just 'wanting it' doesn't cut it in the adult world.