While students who are going to be entering college in the fall of 2012 may be in a position where they can start looking for ways to pay for college through scholarships, grants, or if there are other ways that may help finance their education outside of loans, affordable college assistance plans may be offered by the universities themselves as some students may see lower tuition costs at certain universities for a variety of reasons. Yet, this is going to involve a research by the student as to what may be required of incoming freshmen who are looking for a more affordable college bill while they pursue their education in the hopes of earning their degree without going into debt.
Many universities are seeing students graduate with a great deal of student loan debt as college loans are set to surpass $1 trillion this year and have overtaken credit card debt as the number one obligation that consumers face. Furthermore, this debt problem has led to many questioning whether students should even attended universities to earn a college education as the job market now has changed to the point where some feel that a college degree is simply not enough to help them get an edge over competition in the job market and experience many carry more weight.
However, we are seeing some discounts being offered for students on their tuition and fees as some universities are implementing certain programs that may cater to students in a specific area, may be pursuing a particular career field or degree, and there are also academic and merit-based scholarships and grants they can be helpful to students as there are some universities who are trying to attract students but also give them reasons to attend that particular university in the form of helping them meet college costs.
Some universities will offer, as part of their student aid package, loan options that may make up the majority of any financial aid assistance that has been given, which is obviously going to lead to more debt and students are facing, the potential for financial distress after graduation, and even defaults that may arise once a student has entered the real world and may not have an employment opportunity that will allow them to pay back this debt. Furthermore, there are some resources that students can access that will show them the student loan debt of graduates and the default rate, which in the eyes of many university officials could dissuade some students from attending their particular educational institution because students may feel that it costs too much, loans will be required, and the alumni may look as if they are not in a position to enter into a beneficial career after graduation.
Obviously, the debt that students are seeing will vary from one university to another and is not the only factor that a student weighs when choosing a college, but students are being urged to look at both public and private universities for any incentives they may be offering in terms of tuition assistance or discounts, as a student in a variety of states may find that a college will specifically help certain groups of students, be it those in a particular major or showing academic achievement, and this may help students get not only a good education but do so at a much more affordable cost and, potentially, without the need to borrow loans.