Paying for College? HOW?
I wonder what Mill would have thought about students that want to go to college, but lack the funds due to so. I think that we would have thought it was unfair and needed to be changed. This group of people, in the case that I am speaking of, refers specifically to those who want to want to attend college and cannot, not because their families don’t have the funds, but because their families won’t pay or even help pay to further their education. FAFSA, a federal aid form that many students fill out year, asks families to submit information like salaries, money in the bank, and other assets. Then they determine an EFC (expected family contribution). The EFC is what the government believes that a family should be able to contribute to a child’s education. While this plan seems reasonable on the surface, it is not always what it seems. A highly intelligent student that I know is suffering from this very problem now. His family’s EFC is around 15,000 dollars. However, his family refuses to help him in any way and will not even sign loans for his schooling. Since he is over 18 emancipation is near impossible. I’m asking what can be done about this. In Mill’s format for deciding whether institutional reform is necessary, I will exhibit why steps must be taken to help this group of people. First, this is being excluded from “participating in a practice”. Yes. However, the group could participate if necessary funding was available. Yes. Thus this leads to institutional reform since participation would be considered meaningful. Attending college can open numerous doors that can help an individual succeed in his or her life. However, without adequate hope it is just a dream unfulfilled. According to the graph below http://economix.blogs.nytimes.com/2010/08/23/how-americans-pay-for-college/
61% of college funds come from parents (14% student borrowing is often based off of parents cosigning on loans-something that is impossible for some students). Let me know what you think? I think we need reform and I think Mill would agree.