I am not a wealthy person by birth, so the contemplation of how to pay for college was a reality since junior high.
My parents worked hard to keep a roof over their four children and ensure they wouldn’t go hungry, so education wasn’t very high on the priority list.
I knew as a young adolescent that to break the cycle of poverty, I would need to be educated. In order to get that necessary education to succeed, it would be that very education that would put me in my first major debt before I even had a true career job.
The mere fact that universities were considering offering fixed tuition rates was astonishing (see: “State’s new ‘fixed-tuition’ plans good for students and universities,” March 21).
Then to learn a student could get money paid back, even if only a fraction of what was paid! How great is that?
As a current student and future student for at least four more years, it’s a blessing to know my education won’t be the blessing and curse of me.