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Why do people that want to go to college have to pay expensive tuition?

I want to attend a college that I know will further my education and help my career out tremendously but I cannot afford the tuition and I just don't understand why I have to stress out and have to come up with the money because I WANT BETTER FOR MYSELF! #tuition #privateschool #music-production #college

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Robert’s Answer

First, it’s import to note that the professors, buildings, technology and everything else that is needed to provide the ability for students to attend college costs a lot of money. Tuition only covers part of those costs.

You need to believe in yourself and your ability to succeed. Persevering through the college experience and finding a way to fund it is an investment in yourself and your future. I moved my entire life to another state and took on some debt to complete my degrees; consequently there was no option but to finish strong and get to the other side, career options, and a better cash flow situation.

My personal view is that if attending a university was “free” (which only means that someone else is paying, because it’s not really free) a whole bunch of people would be there who didn’t really want to be, and it would eventually be a lot like high school where so much of the curriculum and the experience gets watered down to accommodate the lowest common denominator.

Of course there are plenty of students who need financial help, and fortunately there are tons of scholarship programs available. Many businesses and folks who have been to college, myself included, contribute to those so that students who truly want a university education can get it.

When you believe in your ability to succeed and commit yourself to your own success, you will find a way, and no one and nothing will be able to get in your way!

Robert recommends the following next steps:

Research college majors that make you excited
Find universities that have strong programs in those majors
Research scholarships, that the schools offer, and independent programs
Go do it. Be awesome!

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Jack’s Answer

Totally agree and I was in the same situation many years ago. I ended up taking a lower level job with a company that paid 50% of my tuition. It took me 6.5 years to graduate but it was worth it. Generally, night school is cheaper than day school. Good companies will help with tuition. You just have to find a bigger company.