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Parenting is a challenge as any parent will tell you. Education is one of the parenting issues that consume a large portion of a parents thought life. Once parents have gotten their child through elementary, middle and high school, what do they do about college?
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We will explore some alternatives to higher education.
Parents are concerned about the high cost of college, the pressure to fit in and conform, or making it through to graduation.
Interestingly, parents have held to the idea that the traditional four-year college is the only path after high school. There are some alternatives to higher education that parents should consider.
Many schools offer some level of scholarship or grants to students. This is helpful to a point. Grants and scholarships are not paid back. However, students find that there is still a gap in tuition they are responsible for.
If three-quarters of the bill is covered by grants and scholarship that leaves one-quarter of the cost for the family to come up with. If that is $25,000, that amount is multiplied by four in order to get to graduation. For most students that means school loans that will follow the student for several years after graduation.
I am not saying the students and families should not pay for education. The cost of college is increasing at a rate that is alarming and debilitating. Look closely at the major you want to pursue. There may be alternatives to working in the field of your choice.
Debt looms heavy over the heads of young people long after they have left the halls of higher learning.
In addition, many students that enter college with the intention of earning a four-year degree, do not graduate. The college may not be a good fit for the student or traumatic events can cut a college career short.
Tragically, young adults are left to pay off debt that represents time spent on the college campus but no diploma. Click To Tweet Without the diploma, their chances of landing a higher paying job can seem slim.
The future looks very bleak for these students. That’s a terrible way to begin life as an adult. Debt hinders these young adults’ chance of having a disposable income to purchase a car or home. The pattern is a cruel one and needs to be changed.
Pressures of College Life
Furthermore, students face pressures that lead to poor decisions that impact the rest of their lives.
Students will be challenged on many different fronts:
- time management
- drug and alcohol experimentation and use
- premarital sex
- situations that challenge long-held values
Parents send their children off to college with the hopes that their child will hold onto the values instilled in them but temptations often overpower solid foundations.
The cyber world provides an opportunity for young adults to dive into a dark and dangerous world. The hope is that students will exercise good judgment in this area.
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