Mr. Blue Davis, Parent
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It is my opinion that the process for funding higher education has become more difficult for middle class families, more specifically, for lower middle class families to complete.
The single parent, moderate-income family is all but guaranteed a government grant to assist in or completely funding their child's education. The average two parents, middle class family will often have to resort to loans that can leave a family in enormous debt when there is more than one child to send to college. The lower middle class family often cannot afford to accept the amount of debt that is attached to the loans required for payment of admission to major universities. The children of these families usually have to settle for the junior colleges in the city or, if they are fortunate enough, they may be able to afford the loans required for tuition for the colleges in state.
The exceptions to the cases are the full ride scholarships earned by athletics or by high Scholastic achievements. Then there are the scholarship searches that often require the need for higher education themselves. These scholarships offer on average $500.00 to $1000.00 each, requiring the student to qualify for several of them.
I also believe there is waste that could be eliminated in higher education. For example, my oldest daughter, 22 years old, was instructed by a counselor at our local junior college to take classes that were pre-requisites for the schools nursing program. It was discovered after three semesters of classes that none of the classes she was told to take were required prior to the nursing test and labs needed before her clinicals. Though a few of the classes would be required later (two of which were not required at all) there was the tune invested that would have been spent in labs. I have another daughter 19, who was told the entry level reading, math and English classes she would take would transfer to the state college she was preparing to attend. The same junior college misinformed us. It was not until she was to enroll at the state college that these classes were not considered college level classes. There are classes that my 19 year old attend that don't seem relevant to the degree she is studying for. She is an English major. She is required to take an art and physical fitness class. This is money that could be better spent toward education related to her intended studies.
I would like a clear and true explanation for the continued rising cost of education. I have given a few examples of the waste I have experienced of which I'm sure are far from isolated cases.
I thank you for the opportunity to be a part of this panel and for giving me a voice which speaks for families all over the country.