fun statistics for adults!
“when I was a kid, I had no help with college tuition, I was hardworking and paid it all myself”
-Annual tuition for Yale, 1970: $2,550
-Annual tuition for Yale, 2014: $45,800
-Minimum Wage, 1970: $1.45
-Minimum Wage, 2014: $7.25
-Daily hours at minimum wage needed to pay for tuition in 1970: 4.8
-Daily hours at minimum wage needed to pay for tuition in 2014: 17.3

Republicans be like..
  • Them: Higher education isn't a right! You have to pay tuition to go to college!
  • Me: But pretty much every job, even entry-level jobs, require at least a bachelor's degree.
  • Them: Work an hourly job that doesn't require a four-year degree!
  • Me: Ok, then can we raise the minimum wage so I can work full time and, like, live and eat and other essential functions?
  • Them: No! If you want to make decent money, go to college and get a degree!
  • Me: But...
  • Them: Ugh, this generation is so lazy. I think I'll pray about it.
In 1979, when the minimum wage was $2.90, a hard-working student with a minimum-wage job could earn enough in one day (8.44 hours) to pay for one academic credit hour. If a standard course load for one semester consisted of maybe 12 credit hours, the semester’s tuition could be covered by just over two weeks of full-time minimum wage workโ€”or a month of part-time work. A summer spent scooping ice cream or flipping burgers could pay for an MSU education. The cost of an MSU credit hour has multiplied since 1979. So has the federal minimum wage. But today, it takes 60 hours of minimum-wage work to pay off a single credit hour, which was priced at $428.75 for the fall semester.
We got rid of tuition fees because we do not want higher education which depends on the wealth of the parents.
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Gabrielle Heinen-Kjajic, Germany's minister for science and culture.

Unlike Libertarians and Republicans like Paul Ryan and Mitt Romney who favor “boot strap theory” and advise struggling college students to simply borrow from their wealthy parents to pay for higher education, Germany Just Abolished College Tuition Fees.

Please fire me. I work at an coffee shop near an Ivy League campus and these spoiled, rich students are generally terrible customers. And one time, a parent of one of these kids came in, and was digging around for the change for her coffee. When she realized she didn’t have it, she reached her slimy old hand into my tip jar and pulled out the change she needed!

Once upon a time in America, college in many states actually used to be free, or so affordable as to be virtually free. In fact, for many years — dating back to the 19th century — California schools did not even charge tuition. Rather, students would be required to pay a few small student fees at most


That all changed when the Republican governor of California (someone by the name of Ronald Reagan) decided to make college more like a for-profit business. In fact, as governor, Reagan insisted on imposing a new “fee” and that would later become synonymous with tuition, thus ending California’s tradition of providing virtually free education to qualified college students (related article from 1982 here)


Reagan once said, “The state should not subsidize intellectual curiosity“ and, more to the point, Reagan is alleged to have once said:  "Why should I continue to pay for their (anti-war protesters) education when they’re just going to turn around and vote against me?”

So in summary, no more tuition free education, because fuck you

In case you haven’t noticed, there is one political party advocating things like free, universal pre-k education, and advocating for making the first two years of college tuition free…and on the other hand, there’s another party that’s fighting to obliterate all of that. People can sit there and claim that both parties are the same all they want, but for at least the last 50yrs, it’s always the same “Grand Old Party” that stays sticking to the little guy

(h/t ThinkProgress)

ok if your parents can legally kick you out and have nothing to do with you when you turn 18, why does fafsa need you to include them until you’re 24. oh yeah because teens and early 20-somethings rarely have income… WOW. WHAT A CONCEPT. ALMOST LIKE THEY SHOULD BE ALLOTTED MORE MONEY FOR EDUCATION