is ALWAYS geared to. . . Parents. It highly annoys me. Who are these kids with rich Mommies and Daddies paying their whole tuition bills (and whatever else)? That’s not MY life. And I don’t have the rich husband paying my way either. Address tuition information/tips to students. I think it’s ridiculous to assume students aren’t paying their own educational expenses. Maybe that’s why it’s so much more expensive then I can afford?
I’m thinking about this because April is supposed to be money-blog-month. But also because I had to jump through a bunch of hoops to complete my FAFSA supplemental paperwork. Which is admittedly better since I turned 25 and don’t have to hassle my parents for their (*required*) personal financial info that only ends up hurting my chances for the loans. Which isn’t fair or right at all since they don’t pay my tuition/rent/car/bills, so I shouldn’t have to use their tax info. But it’s still a pain, and I think they purposely hire the most inept people possible to work college financial aid. I had to re-submit 2 packets of paperwork because they obviously didn’t OPEN it, to see the necessary documents were all there.
And I was also thinking about college tuition because another one of my undergrad loans is coming off of forbearance–which super-sucks. And I’ve been procrastinating BIG-time about calling and seeing if there’s some option. ANY option to put it back on forbearance or reduce payments at the very least. I’m putting it off for many reasons: I hate the phone. Really. I hardly use mine at all, and literally only use it for emergencies, and when I have to make these types of outgoing calls. I’m also putting off the call because of long holds, having to repeat info over and over, the horrible tone of the operators (they act annoyed you’re bothering them and treat you like a loser), and the thought that nothing can be done anyway. I’ll make the call, but maybe Tuesday. . .
Here’s an interesting article about college costs, which is bleak, but I think true to life:
This is interesting. A credit hour in 1979 at MSU was 24.50, adjusted for inflation that is 79.23 in today dollars. One credit hour today costs 428.75.
found that the average student in 1979 could work 182 hours (a part-time summer job) to pay for a year’s tuition. In 2013, it took 991 hours (a full-time job for half the year) to accomplish the same.
Is it any surprise that so many students today are suckered into taking out non-dischargeable loans, in growing chunks, to pay for their bachelor’s degrees? More than two-thirds of recent graduates are carrying debt—and some of them will be paying it off for decades to come. Studying computer science at Harvey Mudd may be worth it; majoring in art at Murray State probably isn’t.
Speaking of pet-peeves, WordPress changed the settings so when you publish something that had been in your drafts–it is put on the date that you FIRST made it a draft, not the day you actually hit “publish.” It’s no good, because that effectively buries new posts, put it on an old calender month instead of showing a current post, and seems sneaky. So now I have to cut & paste all my draft posts into a new folder in order for it to go on the top of my list for the current day?!