The Life and Times of a Student
As we enter into the economic crisis, students are finding it harder and harder to pay for their tuition fees. The prices that they pay will vary depending on the course credits. Generally speaking, a three credit course will cost around $400-$500 dollars. Taking a full semester with four to five courses could cost you around $2500 with the extra miscellaneous fees that they tact on. The amount of fee a student pays per semester is horrendous!
Having said that, where does the funding come from you ask? Well, some students for example work part-time jobs in order to pay for their tuition fees. For example a friend of mine works 20-30 hours a week, with 3 courses along with that. There are certainly more students out there that has to juggle with their school life and work life. As well as work life, students have to balance it out with the amount of assignments and projects associated with their respective classes. The countless hours needed to prepare for an exam. It is just mind boggling to see many students suffering the same kind of problem. A solution to this problem could be the limited amount of supply of grants and scholarships offered from university. However, even these funds are drawing quite low because of the economic crisis we are facing. A recent article found in the Vancouver Sun stated that B.C. universities are seeking for provincial funding for scholarship and grants for students (Steffenhagen, 2009). It seems like everywhere we go the economic crisis seems to have taken its toll on us. Yet, I find it very inspiring to see young talented individuals able to adapt to these challenges we have to face in society today.
However, despite all the hard work a student puts forward, does it guarantee you anything? The answer is no. Getting a degree does not guarantee you a job in the end. Thus, many people opted not to attend universities because of this. It is discouraging to not see results after putting all that effort to get your degree. The way I view this is like an investment. You put forward an certain amount of money and you hope to one day gain it back. Ultimately, you would hope to get a positive rate of return in the end.
Steffenhagen, Janet. “Universities seek endowment support.
Vancouver Sun 2 February, 2009