Everyday I see how more and more people get screwed over in different ways. A lot the things I see are in how college students get gouged on not only tuition, but in a variety of other ways. 1st year students are often required to live on campus, in a tiny dorm that is not only more costly as an off campus apartment, but is often smaller and has fewer amenities and freedoms.
Textbooks are published and update once every couple of years. This adds more cost for the student. Students often try to sell back books and get some of their money back, when they are often lucky to get even half back. When the book changes, the value of that textbook becomes immaterial, preventing students from returning such books. There are two options for voicing complaints: 1) To the university - which may eventually help, or 2) To the publishing company: The problem of course is the relatively monopolistic market structure as the publisher you would complaining to would be McGraw-Hill and since they're the only show in town, what do you think they will tell you?
I heard a new one today. An apartment complex at a college town had a price that most people pay, and a price for college students. Basically, the non-student price was $160 less per month. If a landlord prices at cost, then they get a hefty tax break. However, this particular state (or maybe city) will not allow this for college students. Why do you suppose this is? To discourage students from getting an apartment and encourage them to get stuck in a dorm, thus fewer tax breaks given, therefore more money for the government.
We can also talk about grants. Grants are given for a variety of situations, however it's very common for non-traditional students to get grants. While it is good that it helps people who are older go back to school, the large student base that are recent high school graduates will not benefit.
Students sometimes don't even get enough loans to cover their tuition at times, so they have to have their parents take out a loan. I got stuck in this boat one semester and my parents barely agreed to it. The loan was stuck in their name and couldn't be changed to mine. I paid all of it off, the full $3,000, however my credit will never be positively affected. In fact, a lot of things I have paid on will not have a positive effect on my credit because they have been in my parents name. They will benefit as it will appear that they have paid for these things. This is how expenses get masked for students.
If people defaulting on housing loans was a problem that contributed to the recession, what do you think will be the next wave? People defaulting on student loans.
I know that some of these are a result of cause and effect and can't be easily remedied no matter what, but there is also a certain degree of foul play that occurs as well. College used to be cheap. The idea initially was to further your education and give back to the community later on. Now that tuition is so high, who in their right mind will ever be giving back?
*storms away on a random horse*