SPEAKING OF . . .After publishing findin...

SPEAKING OF . . . After publishing findings that show Americans are earning less than their parents, the Beacon Journal invited readers to participate in focus groups. Full Story
whatever

Shippingport, PA

#1 Apr 13, 2008
I don't understand Sue Kelewae's comment that if your very poor paying for college is not a problem. If you don't get a scholarship and have to take out student loans regardless of if your very poor or in the middle. Paying for college will be a problem for you if and when you graduate, and you have to start paying back your student loans.
mad as heck

Akron, OH

#2 Apr 13, 2008
We have become a whole nation of slaves with a few giant slave-masters.

If this is not enough to madden us all at the same time, what will suffice?

An asteroid coming directly at us?

Get mad--take action--write your legislators--attend those meetings- vote.

Complacency translates to being complicit.
South side

Warren, OH

#3 Apr 13, 2008
Wish it were as simple to enter college as it is the armed forces. They make it nearly impossible for middle-class kids to go to college unless the parents & the kid take out enormous amts in loans. Between caring for elderly parents and not being able to have a 2nd income, house pyts, 2 car pyts, ins.'s, util's,very little svgs or 401k, how can you even comprehend taking a 2nd mtg for kids college or returning to school to upgrade your own income?
Jack

AOL

#5 Apr 13, 2008
This is so upsetting i may have to go cry. You people are pathetic.
CoJones

United States

#6 Apr 14, 2008
whatever wrote:
I don't understand Sue Kelewae's comment that if your very poor paying for college is not a problem. If you don't get a scholarship and have to take out student loans regardless of if your very poor or in the middle. Paying for college will be a problem for you if and when you graduate, and you have to start paying back your student loans.
She is obviously referring to the relilion of ENTITLEMENT that is the real culprit.Com pound that with the thought that a degree is the only way to insure money after you graduate and you have the disaster of that of a Crippled Failure that will go through life crying for more handouts and soul destroying programs such as "Affirmative Action".
Grow up as a person, find out what you are good at and go after it with Passion. You will succeed......
Andrea

Ashtabula, OH

#7 Apr 15, 2008
Yes, college is expensive...and No, it does not promise a job upon degree attainment. You must make wise decisions about your major and your financial investment.

In other words, this is reality. Life can be hard and unfair. Deal with it.
HC Here

Alexandria, VA

#8 Apr 21, 2008
You people expressing your heartfelt fears in this article make me scared I have to deal with any of you. You sound like a bunch of incompetent bumblers unable to wipe your own rear ends. Gee, it's so hard, and I have to try, and it's just not nice and it's not fair. I don't want you people on my team at the office, preparing my food, doing my taxes, or designing my home. Maybe you have the competence to scrub my toilet, but, gee, that isn't what I studied all that time in education or sociology to become.
MiddleClassStude ntHere

Hamilton, OH

#9 May 4, 2008
whatever wrote:
I don't understand Sue Kelewae's comment that if your very poor paying for college is not a problem. If you don't get a scholarship and have to take out student loans regardless of if your very poor or in the middle. Paying for college will be a problem for you if and when you graduate, and you have to start paying back your student loans.
As someone who is now in college and has fallen victim to the middle-class college funding trap... The middle class truly do get screwed when it comes to financing college. The middle class pays the taxes to support our Ohio public universities, but the children of the middle class are often times the very people who are left out of the game altogether.
Ohio public universities are very "upstairs - downstairs" when it comes to who get's the best financial aid packages.
You have the rich kids who get the best financial aid packages because they have the stealth academic backgrounds (they went to the best high schools, they were catered to by their parents and the education system in general...). These kids get the best financial aid packages because Ohio colleges work to boost their rankings by admitting the best of the best. And as a product of being affluent, many affluent parents know how to "play the game" when it comes to landing the best financial aid packages. On top of having tuition paid in full, everything else is gravy.
Then you have the poor kids who's parents don't pay the heaviest tax burden in Ohio... But the poor kids get the Pell Grants, free room and board, the range of scholarships geared toward the demographically poor and minority students... The poor kids don't have it easy, but they get more than the middle class when it comes to paying tuition and room & board.
The middle class kids get next to nothing because they often don't come from the best high schools (they might be good high schools, but they're not Hudson). Middle class students might not have the best academic records because they worked side jobs while in high school (as their middle class work ethic dictates). And the middle class parents are squeezed because the true cost of college is everything beyond tuition like books, room and board, transportation, etc.
The people running our universities are often from upper class backgrounds - many come from expensive east coast schools - and they're often way out-of-touch when it comes to the struggles of the middle class students and their parents. And often times they could care less because their main goal is to boost their rankings by luring in the best students.

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