posted on Oct, 24 2011 @ 05:39 PM
They could base the amount of federal aid given to students on the degree (income statistics) they are seeking AND put a time limit on how long they
will give the aid.
Future engineer income potential: $60,000 ... Total aid available: fixed percentage of that
Future starving artist: $15,000 ... Total aid available: fixed percentage of that
And, put a time limit on it. REQUIRE all students to finish in 5 years at most.
If someone finishes one degree in the given amount of time, maybe then allow aid for a masters, with the same sort of restrictions.
Force people to see that not all degrees are worth the same, and thus like any investment, risk must be considered. We also would be doing everyone a
favor by REWARDING students who pursue careers that are in demand.
We can all see the problem with putting two students through school at the same cost if one earns barely anything over minimum wage versus someone who
is more valuable to the labor force.
The whole point behind these programs is to serve the interests of the country. They are hoping to get a return on their investment in the educations.
They are being entirely too lax with the rules, though. Tighten up the policies under which aid is given. Make it clear to students that being in
college is a JOB to be taken seriously, and that if you choose to pursue a low-income career path, you will get relatively little help compared to
someone who pursues a career with more earning potential.
The government gets its money back (and much more) when a graduate enters the work force and begins paying taxes. But, college is a huge rip off in
many ways. The government could set up and run (or endorse) free college education through distant learning opportunities. Maybe some courses would be
tough to learn online, but many online universities already exist! Already FREE website exist with lectures given by Ivy League universities, and all
that is required is the purchase of the accompanying book. (See Khan Academy or MIT's OpenCourseWare)
I certainly agree that many students are a complete waste of the funds they are using. They are too immature and foolish. Students take classes over
and over again while ignoring homework assignments. And, they're probably receiving aid. Put tight controls on the programs. Force students to take
college seriously. A lot of them think nothing of wasting time because someone else is paying for it. Put the pressure back on them.