Student debt: An American horror story | Michael Hobbes


Well, there’s a couple reasons why college
has gotten so expensive. First of all is: states are cutting higher
education funding. Second thing is: supply and demand. What we have is a crisis where to get onto
the job ladder, the few decent jobs left—that have healthcare, that have security, that
have a pension—they all require a college degree. So you have to go to college, basically. And yet the actual number of spaces in colleges
hasn’t really increased. Harvard admits something like ten percent
more now than they did in the ‘70s, so there are more people competing for fewer spots. And that means that the colleges can just
raise the price, and they’ll find somebody to pay it. No matter how high it gets, somebody is out
there paying it, and so they just raise it and raise it and raise it, and we keep paying
it. Colleges are adding services like rock climbing
gyms, extra administration, they’re doing more marketing, they’re doing these really
expensive study abroad programs and, again, they’re competing over the rich kids, they’re
competing over the ten percent and the one percent, people who are not “cost sensitive.” Colleges keep throwing services and throwing
bells and whistles at them, and they’re just paying it, because the entire economy
is shifting toward marketing itself to the top ten percent and the top one percent, and
those are the kids that are going to college now. The college premium (how much extra you earn
for going to college) is 70 percent. You earn almost double if you go to college
on average than if you don’t go to college. So we’re in this bind where you HAVE to
go to college or else you end up in a really bad job for the rest of your life, but them
to go to college you have to go into $80,000, $100,000, more than that debt. I interviewed somebody for the article that
is paying off $311,000 in debt. I interviewed another person who was actually
a bankruptcy lawyer who was paying $2000 a month in student loans after he got out of
college. And so when you look at how many of us have
student loans—and that we’re paying them off at the time when we’re early in our
careers, we’re not as established in our fields, we can’t afford decent housing,
we aren’t earning very much at that time, and then we’re also, on top of that, paying
a couple hundred dollars a month extra—that’s money we’re not saving, that’s money we’re
not putting to a pension, that’s money we’re not putting to a home—and that extends the
period of—what our parents call “adolescence,” but really, insecurity—that extends our
period of insecurity into our 30s and our 40s. And so if you look at any poll of millennials,
more than half say they have put off marriage, they have put off children, they have put
off buying a home because of their student loans. And student loans are the only form of debt
that you cannot get rid of in bankruptcy, so they are literally inescapable. Even if you die, in some states your partner
might actually have to pay them off for you. So this is a ball and chain around the ankle
of millions of millennials, and again, it’s not a choice that we made, it’s the economy
that we’re in, that to get onto the job ladder you need to have an education. One of the things that we forget, and especially
our parents forget, is how much cheaper college used to be. When my dad was in college he worked for ten
hours a week in the cafeteria, and that was enough for his tuition and a little bit of
his rent. That doesn’t sound familiar to anybody I
know. And what has happened since then is: the cost
of education has gone up between 400 and 1200 percent depending on the kind of school you
go to. Meanwhile, minimum wages haven’t really
budged, general wages haven’t really budged, and the price of everything else has gotten
higher too. So in the early ‘70s it took around 300
hours of minimum wage work to afford a four-year education. By the 2000s it took 4,400 hours of minimum
wage work to afford a four-year education. There are a lot of really smart people who
look at a debt of $100,000 when they get out and minimum payments of hundreds of dollars
every month and go, “It’s not worth it.” And the problem is the economy really isn’t
working for them. If you look at any measure of poverty, unemployment,
there’s never been a time in America where it’s worse to not be a college graduate. If you want a pension, if you want healthcare,
if you want decent wages, if you want security, all of those jobs now require college degrees. And even if they don’t require college degrees,
there’s now so many people with college degrees they’re getting those jobs. Right? The hiring manager at a coffee shop looks
at two resumes and one has a college degree and one doesn’t, even if the job doesn’t
necessarily require a college degree he’s going to hire the college grad because he
thinks they’re smarter, harder working, or whatever. And so you’ve got kids that are now systematically
disadvantaged because they didn’t go to college, but it’s understandable that they
wouldn’t want to given the cost. And so we need to think about all of the opportunities
that we’re missing by having an entire generation of people who look at the cost of college
and decide not to go, and what those people could be doing if they went. I don’t know if other people have noticed
this, but at my high school the rich kids went to college and the smart kids went to
college. And it feels like there’s this huge tranche
of kids that were sort of normal kids—they weren’t exceptional—and those mediocre
kids, if they were rich they went to college, and if they were exceptional and they weren’t
rich they went to college. But that leaves out this huge structure of
all these millions of people who were just kind of average but just didn’t go because
they ended up doing something else. I think we as Americans forget that we’re
the only country where college costs this much, and we’re the only developed country
without a functioning safety net. It’s a lot better in other countries. I actually went to graduate school TWICE in
Europe, because I couldn’t afford to go in America. And in lots of European countries it is free. (Tell everyone you know.) And a lot of other countries it’s really
cheap. And many of the degrees are in English, and
those countries are run by adults. They’re great. Go there. I also went to community college for two years. Community college has a bad reputation for
no particular reason. Community colleges are great. So people should consider going to community
college and then transferring to a two-year university. There’s nothing wrong with that. We’re all doing our best. Find a cheap way that works for you, and if
you can get a visa to leave America and stay left, then do that too.

100 thoughts on “Student debt: An American horror story | Michael Hobbes

  1. It's easier than ever to become an entrepeneur. For those who don't like that idea, people who have gone to vocational occupations have done quite well. For example, there is a shortage of airline pilots and it is going to get worse. Want to be a pilot? Many have been able to have their education 100% funded because of how badly pilots are needed. Electricians are sorely needed as well. There are a multitude of options because vocational occupations as a whole are falling short of current and future needs.

    Also, you don't need a pension. Pensions are typically annuities and returns from those are paltry. Putting aside money to invest is more lucrative than a pension. I understand the 'security' that pensions give, but index funds, mutual funds, and ETFs typically out perform annuities in the long run (and that is not even taking annuity fees into consideration).

  2. You absolutely do not need to go to college. There are many skilled labor jobs that pay great money and will always keep you employed that require nothing but a high school diploma. If you aren’t doing medical, law, engineering or IT I’d recommend skipping college and working your way up instead.

  3. We need to tell kids more about apprenticeships, trade schools and other means. It is ridiculous how much people spend on useless degrees.

  4. I laugh at all the retards that buried themselves in debt for a useless degree. I have no debt and make 70k a year in a low cost of living area.

  5. I don’t know about y’all but I rather be educated and in debt than ignorant and free of debt

  6. ahh, the good ole institutionalized inbred bullshit line is spewed again… College is absolutely not needed. I have a job in IT. Starting salary in the mid/upper 40s. day 1 i started with my company Full coverage benefits, STD/LTD, 18 days PTO, 401k matching, did this all by self studying and getting certs. I have no degree to speak of. I actually beat out people with degrees because of lacking skill set, they only had worthless book knowledge

  7. Boycott colleges for a year, you'll see prices come back down. Too many administrators, professors and construction projects. Too many worthless humanities degrees, you should be able to get a womans degree through an app on google play. Oh and as soon as the Feds guaranteed loans colleges saw $$$$$ and fucked a generation

  8. I agree with the title of the video, but the "Big Think" displayed in the screen isn't big enough. I couldn't even make it through the video, given two major errors in it. A lot of the problem with the rising cost of going to college is the availability of student loans backed up by the government. The second error I heard is that having a college degree automatically increases future income. I may not have heard properly but this has been debunked. Sorry, thumbs down.

  9. 4:15 "if you want security?" Give me a damn break. There is no security in corporate America!

  10. College is expensive for one reason. Because they can and won't be challenged. It's that simple but people go in circles trying to be too technical about the costs.

  11. I had over $80,000 in student loan debt and I didn't know there were programs out there to reduce (or even eliminate your debt for some professions!) I found this out by listening to Dave and I went with a recommended debt relief company and they helped me reduce my debt from 80,000 to 10,000 based on my income and profession! I paid that off in less than a year and now I'm debt free. If you want to find out if you qualify you can give them a call right now to see if you qualify their number is 1-844-445-1057 I suggest everyone give them a call and see if you qualify. It literally takes less than 5 mins to find out and they will help you through the process. It was a huge weight off my shoulders once I found this out and now I'm actually putting money towards my retirement and sleep so much better knowing I don't have that looming debt over my head.

  12. I did my bachelors from my country in $2k, parents paid for it. Came to US, decided to go for a Masters, ended up $70k in debt, now I feel like I am a bounded laborer, working just to pay off loans.

  13. This dude's last bit of advice is awesome. He states in the outset, the problem is an over abundance in demand, with not enough supply within the American market. His solution is simple: Go to Europe and use their FREE post-secondary education programs. Two things will come of this: 1) the American market will re-correct itself with less demand burdening the lacking supply, and 2) Europe's "free" system will get over-burdened and we'll get to see if their "free" education system really does hold up to an American size market.

  14. The biggest reason for higher cost in education is government guaranteed loans. The Government then sell this debt on wall street, and the students become over indebted wage slaves.Only debt that cannot be cleared in a bankruptcy.

  15. It is everybodys own responsibilty to carefully calculate his own future and not to cry afterwards or blame it to the college industry. Your credit loans, your faulty decision making. Hope is no intelligence.
    Intellegence is no success.
    Avoid faulty decision making!
    https://saylordotorg.github.io/text_organizational-behavior-v1.1/s15-03-faulty-decision-making.html

  16. It was a choice you made the day you signed your loan documents. There are thousands of people your age , just like the generation before you, who pay off their loans, they don't have the latest iphone, don't think that the next vacation is a basic human right. Rich kids have always existed, in the prior generation people went part time, didn't have the level of community college that exists today, paid as they went, didn't have the option of signing for hundreds of thousands of loan debt… you need to read and do some basic middle school math before signing, and realize, that with few exceptions, having a private school college diploma may not be worth the price tag… college is not free in other countries, the students in France live at home, if they get in, not everyone gets to go, teachers in high school largely determine who will go to university…. in England, the government hands out loans, which most students pay back over most of the rest of their adult life, it is not free, the salaries are lower in almost all fields and taxes (and therefore your disposible income) is far far less than in the USA. Grow up, read before you sign, and do some math, than sacrifice a bit for the long run.

  17. Here's a reality: You don't NEED college in order to be financially succesful but you DO need it if you want to be able to afford to have children in your 20's

  18. Any reverse engineering from point of income mapped back to let say mid secondary school?

  19. to all the commentators asserting YOU DO NOT HAVE TO GO TO COLLEGE, it's like saying you don't have to hire a professional trainer because you just can go to the gym and do the same stuff by yourself. Good luck! If you have the right mind set to be a proper self guide and a ton of discipline, yes, you can educate yourself and succeed better that a college grad, but most people don't. So when they submit a resume for a job that requires a college degree, they can't demonstrate that they're qualified anyway, without the requirement. And those who got lucky getting a nice job without a degree, in some union or whatever, need to realize that the term "lucky" means exception, so it can't serve as a general guidance for everybody. The trick is managing the cost, but college degree > no college.

  20. I took 60 % of classes that had nothing to do with my degree of course is a scam

  21. Turn 26 in a month, married,3 kids,vehicles paid for, decent house plan to be paid for by the time im 30, otherwise dept free, wife stays at home with the kids, work between 40-50 hrs a week(sometimes more), half my time is spent in an office other half is spent in my shop, hope to obtain my CWI within the year, my moto is if you can't pay cash for it or pay the loan back fast, you can't afford it… stupid economy is rigged against us young people!!!! I should have went to college and got some fancy degree! I could be 15+ years behind lol, make as much money as fast as you can learn trades that are and will remain in high demand, have ambition and move up the ladder or work for yourself, dont wait till your 25+ before you even start making "average" money

  22. 05:55 It is not "free" dear… it's just that other people are forced to pay for it.

  23. NAFTA is bad for US economy. Government must not guarantee student loans. Federal Reserve is cornering real estates and US stocks. Pharmaceutical companies and insurance companies authored Obama Care. WTO makes Americans poor.

  24. You don't need to go to college, that line of thinking is part of the problem. Want a well paying job without having to shell out 100k for school? Get into the trades. They pay you to learn and there's a huge shortage of trades but most people these days want a comfy office job and don't want to work hard.

  25. Reality check: it bites😀
    Student loans vs. payment—it's an unwinnable race with payment interest on steroid😁😁😁😁😁
    So much so with chasing the 'DREAM' – with debt…..

  26. Those overpaid school people will also take the shit when the fan hits the roof😁😁😁😁

  27. Is this guy on CRACK?! I attend a state university that has gone through, and is continuing to go through, a MASSIVE growth. I have also visited several other universities in different states who are going through the same thing, and guess what? Tuition is STILL going up! To say that the number of seats hasn't changed is a blatant LIE and to compare all schools to the small amount of growth at a private institution like Harvard is a complete joke! Then he compares the number of minimum wage hours required to work in the 70s to that of the modern day. As he says 4,400 hours of minimum wage work to earn a 4-year education. Well, let's to the math – 4400 divided by 4 years equals 1,100 hours per year required to work to pay for your education… divide that by 52 weeks in a year and it is 21-22 hrs PER WEEK you must work to pay for your education. That's according to HIS math. That is a PART TIME JOB! Now, I'm not saying that college isn't tough and it isn't expensive, but snakes like this guy embolden the counter argument and reduce the chances of any significant change happening. He'd be better off just admitting that he was irresponsible, got in to way too much debt, is bitter about it, and is fighting to have someone pay if off.

  28. Yeah but then you drop out and can't afford housing or healthcare (or you will go into more debt). The US is fucked we replaced wars with debt slavery

  29. the manager job is given to the guy who didn't go to college. why? he put in the time and has the experience, they also know what they're doing. they already have the soft skills, people skills…. college kids know how to write papers…. that doesn't help most jobs out there

  30. This is good, but it’s filled with false information. Student loans can be discharged under certain circumstances. Universities are actually accepting more students than ever. Tuition has increased astronomically, but so have the sizes of universities. I agree we have a failed system (like everything in this country), but please don’t spread misinformation for such a serious issue.

  31. Maybe if the kids used it for actual learning and not for cars, computers, living out of state or away from home, not working, id feel alittle sorry for them but i remember seeing friends blow the money on stupid shit and then regret it as soon as they start having to pay it back!

  32. lol if u think other countries are better go live there, i mean if ur going to talk shit about american and how other countries are better but yet remain here u lose all reputation good bye

  33. You should only be going the college route if you want to learn something that CAN'T be taught vocationally, in the workplace of through professional qualifications. Want to study art, history, philosophy? Go to college. Want to study business, IT, accounting, engineering? Go the vocational route, you'll gain practical experience as you study (not just academic theory) and will be cheaper!

  34. It's 2019. All financial information about a university's tuition and fees are readily available. The problem with kids for the past twenty years and counting is that they would rather just join a college with prestige and do absolutely no research. To all the young kids out there who are close to graduation high school, do it as long as it makes sense financially for your family and yourself. What do I mean by this? Don't go for prestige. Research the school you want to go and go to a school that is in-state. Like the video said, go to a community college. There is nothing wrong with community college. I went straight to a community college and completed all my general education requirements. Zero debt. After community college, I transferred to a state school in California and I am graduating this semester. How much debt? Zero. I grew up in a gang infested neighborhoods majority of my life. My mom and dad did not pay for anything other than having me live with them as I went to college. Graduating without debt can be done if you're willing to set your ego aside and willing to stop trying to compete with the rich folks who can pay down 50 grand in less than a month.

  35. There are other countries that treat students with students loans far, far better.

  36. As a Romanian, I was able to graduate Medicine and become a radiologist FREE OF CHARGE. That's right. Just by passing the admission exam with a good mark. And the candidates who get lower marks on the admission exam, they pay about 2500$ per year. Same for all universities.
    Lawyers, engineers you name it, get free college if they get a good mark. All coordinated and sponsored by the Ministry of Education. All that in a former Communist block country with a shoddy economy and rampant corruption.
    Five years later, no debt whatsoever, on the contrary, and without emigrating.
    And us guys usually run off to countries in Western Europe and even Sweden… and we make it.
    Now how come Romanians can do it and the almighty US faces what I consider a serious problem in the long run?

  37. Shut the fuck up. Tuition is going up because colleges are filling with dumbasses who have no business being there. If you have to take remedial Algebra in college, you probably shouldn't be there. The minute you make college free, college will become just as shitty as public education.

    Literally everything you can learn in college is available online.

    You NEVER stop bitching about how America isn't like Europe. Do you hate blacks and latinos or something? Do you hate non-merit based immigration? Pretty fucking weird, bro.

  38. Avoid excessive student loans and earn your degree in Europe.

    Visit www.studyasap.com to learn more.

  39. The government created this crisis to create a generation of slaves that will never be able to pay back their student loan debt. These students received "crap shoot" educations that will not land them decent paying jobs. Now the government "Big Brother" is going to offer an indecent proposal to those who can't repay their debt. Work for us and we will forgive your debt. Facing a lifetime of debt the offer will seem like a no brainer. Teachers already receive similar offers to keep them in indentured servitude to the state for specific amounts of time. Slavery never died they just convince us that because they offer something for our servitude were are not slaves, we are employed.

  40. Anything helps with my college debt😭

    https://www.gofundme.com/703dqe8

  41. Michael Hobbes is full of it. You can earn a good living working the trades. You do not have to go to college to achieve a high standard of living. The reason the price of college is increasing is because of government loan guarantees. The colleges know they are going to get their money regardless of any increase. The bigger point is there are plenty of people with college degrees who have a lower standard of living than people without college degrees. These college educated poor people all have one thing in common. They are over educated and unskilled. Pension? Unless you work for the federal government the promise of a pension is worthless. Michael Hobbes probably studied liberal arts and is one of those unskilled, over educated types.

  42. I said a newscast where even baby boomers are billions of dollars in debt

    https://m.youtube.com

  43. The so call rich kids go to college because they didn't earn it their parents have the money to pay for it.

  44. I'm trying hard to avoid debt:
    https://www.gofundme.com/college-hope-for-a-student

  45. Kinda wish there was a special where if you got a degree in something and if you couldn’t get a job in that field for like 1-2 years, you can get a full refund from college and return the diploma

  46. Everything should be free. Food, water, education, housing, healthcare, etc.

  47. I have yet to hear anyone on this page mention how they paid for the college education using scholarships and graduated debt free.

  48. This is inevitable. Students will still go to college. They think this is the only way to be successful in life. This will go on forever.

  49. It's 2019 and most of these college degrees are not working. Employers want experience so you need to lie to them. College is just too expensive to justify and many people like to sugar coat it.

  50. For me, I've never had an employer or customer care about my degree what so ever. Most employers only care if you have experience and are a reliable/confident person who can do their job and deliver results.

  51. This video is wrong. You do not need college to make good money and be successful. Some of the most successful people didn’t finish high school. People need to use common sense when deciding if college is for them. So you want to be a high school gym teacher? Ok well it pays 45k per year so look for a college that is affordable, you can’t go to a college that’s going to charge you 80k because you can’t afford it, it’s that simple. If you only make 45k per year you could barley afford to buy a house for 80k let alone college debts on top of that.
    If you can’t find an affordable college than pick a different career. You can’t blame a college because you did no research. So many people go to college for careers that pay nothing. There is no reason to go to college unless you will make well over 100k per year there are way to many ways to make money and not spend it on college and waste years of your life. If you go to college for a career that pays 50k your better off getting into a trade like plumbing, electrician, mechanic, contractor that requires absolutely no college and you get training on the job for free and if you put your time in and learn a lot you can make 100k. The 4 years you would be in college racking up debt could be the time you spend as an intern with a plumbing company and now after 4 years you have no debt and make 60k a year with benefits. I barely passed high school and never went to college. I make 100k per year. When I hire people I could care less if you went to college or not, I only care about how good you are as a worker and person. In my field (automotive) generally the college grads never work out, even though they went to college they still don’t start to really learn the business until they start working. The college guys generally aren’t as motivated as the guys that didn’t go to college and the guys that didn’t go to college are generally smarter because they didn’t choose their career the career chose them because they were born with natural abilities. The problem isn’t with colleges the problem is the high schools feeding students with bullshit like this video. Sure if you want to be a doctor, lawyer, pilot, building engineer etc.. yeah you need college but those careers pay a lot of money that you can afford to go. Don’t waste your time going to college to make 50k there are to many jobs out there that pay more money for less effort. If you want to go to college shoot for a career that can really make it worth your time.

  52. People nowadays are so entitled and stupid. College education is NOT a right – it`s luxury. It used to be that only the rich and noble people could afford higher education. I know lots and lots of people who haven`t been in college and make much more money than the people who have + have savings in their 30s instead of debt. The problem is that people would pay any price without even doing simple math beforehand.

  53. A college education is a purchased product. If a student refuses to pay for the product they purchased (education) then the college should be mandated to revoke their degree until the payments start back up. Employers should be mandated to check with the college where a student attended to be sure they are paying on their loan. If not then they don't get hired.
    Student loans don't get paid back because there is no enforcement of the collection. First, don't go to a college you can't afford. Go to a community college and then transfer to that college to basically cut your four year degree financially in half.
    Select a college that you aren't paying 50,000 a year for a liberal arts degree or a teachers degree. Go to a state school.
    Don't buy every new thing on the market, but instead pay for your college. Don't party every night and save that money for school.
    Stay away from credit cards in college. Nothing worse than adding debt to your bills.
    I went to a state school for my teaching degree. I didn't use a credit card to pay bills. If I didn't have the money then I didn't buy something.
    I had made an allowance of 10 dollars a week for spend money. I ate in the cafeteria and lived on campus. In grad school I received a grad assistantship and had to live off campus. I lived in a small room above a family and ate in the college cafeteria.
    Minimal debt when I was finished. Actually I had no debt out of college because I was smart with my spending and chose an affordable university and college.

  54. My sales staff makes $50-100k a year, I've never asked where they went to college.  We hire good people that want to work and provide a good living for their familes.  It always amazes me when I see people with $90k in student debt that are social workers ($30k range income),

  55. It's free in other countries because the tax rate pays for it. Check the tax rates in those countries and it's way higher than in the US. Nothing is free. Someone is paying for it.

  56. Who wants to waste their time going to Harvard? They can go to community college. Nothing wrong with it. Ppl go to these big name college for crap diploma working at starbucks

  57. Sure college is nice, but don't smash down on people who decide to pursue blue collar jobs. A lot of them get live better than most graduates.

  58. I’m 18 graduated high school and considering becoming a barber. My own barber has a shop open in downtown Toronto and it’s allocated in a fairly good area ( Queen ) he told me that there going to open up more chairs in the upstairs area and if I want it there’s a chance. I also have considered going to trade school / stacking skills as a software developer. I’ve seen some good programs and since I don’t have to be licensed to be a barber I can use some of that money along with my part time job and gov funding to pay for any tuition for trade school. In a few years ( by age 24 ) I want to make a move to somewhere in South America. Either Brazil or the DR. I want to do so with as little debt and with skills that are in decent demand almost anywhere.

  59. I went to pharmacy technician school for free while I worked in a pharmacy. Took those skills opened my own business and now take home over 120k a year.
    I feel bad for everyone who is in a mountain of debt because they believed this fantasy. But then again most of them looked down at me while they were getting degrees. Lol

  60. Ignored my parents and teachers and chose not to go to college. Straight into the workforce (Construction) and trying to get my CDL license. Debt free.

  61. Fuck college. Just find your way in life and where you thrive. Often it's about who you know, not what you know. So make friends with successful people and hope to find a nice job cause you know the owner or just do what you love to due if you can survive off of it. Better to be broke but make it, while going to a job that you like to do, than be rich going to a job you hate and dread going to everyday. Hell, even if you never have a true career and just go from place to place and experience so many different things is a good spent life

  62. Let's abolish the student loans…
    See how quickly tuition prices fall…
    @3:10 Exactly! No one is saying college should be free because there is nothing free in this world. All students are saying is please let us work for a year or slave away at a tough summer job to pay for the REASONABLE MARKET costs of collage like our parents did.

  63. In 2000, I worked overseas, I made $120K/yr tax free, my Lead made $160K, My supervisor made $225K.
    Everything paid for except cigs, booze, junk food, sex

    No college degree needed

  64. I am a Nigerian…I am studying in Finland….I did my bachelors degree, masters degree and starting my PhD in 3 months (I have study place already)…All for FREE…..Am lucky…..I know here you have to do what we refer to as odd jobs like cleaning and dish washing to survive here as an African immigrant and there is no prospect of job here after school but I still appreciate it than being in student loan. If I plan it properly I can leave after school to another country to get a job…..I am grateful for the republic of FINLAND

  65. I know not everyone is as fortunate, but I managed to graduate nearly debt free. I started an online side business that paid off my student loans, and I still run it today. However, my student loans were around $30,000, and I know others debts are far large r than mine were.

  66. Israel just got a check for 40 billion dollars! The average college student debt is $23,000.00, this [illegal funding] would have paid 1,739,130 students free an clear.

  67. guys you don't need a degree, i gotten jobs and boss rarely looked at my resume, learn to make money any way and get good at it. if you want a guaranteed income for life then Sales is good

  68. Just get a fake degree. You'll probably learn the same amount of bullshit

  69. Education is free in Europe my ass. Everyone who lives in Europe pays for higher education via higher taxes, inflation and a country with higher levels of debt. The "free" education is just one piece of the puzzle as to whether or not life is better in Europe.

  70. I advised many of my students who want to go to college to get a degree from the EU. I recently took my own advise and took one class in Berlin. It is much more affordable. They have free tuition in some cases, a tuition limit of 12K€ in other cases and private schools are 1/5 the price or more than private in the USA.

    The US system needs to be totally reformed. Schools are closing, they will continue to close. And the most talented will go over seas and the USA will continue to loose.

    I will likely leave the USA. The political process is completely stuck here and I have very little faith in it.

  71. Wow, take your feminine penis out of here. You have no idea how to make money and you have never worked a hard day's work in your life, soyboy.

    You are DEAD FUCKING WRONG. If I hired workers for my business, I would purposefully screen out those with college degrees because I can see they would be just like you. Unintelligent peons that have never picked up a wrench or tape-measure in their lives. I would actively seek a young man who likes to tinker, who has creativity and many interesting hobbies, such as building computers or electrical dabbling.

  72. What will it be like when AI / automation / machine learning robotics displaces multi millions from their jobs? Man no longer required in the workplace…blue and white collar robots…no future…the perfect storm…😣

  73. The majority of people paying their student loans are just going to say screw it and stop paying them, when they realize all that can happen is damage credit, which is only good for getting a mortgage. The same scam in a different package.

  74. It's always a choice. Community college doesn't cost as much and you can get a pretty darn good job if you have the skills. College degrees mean nothing if you can't do the job. Let's get real. My company doesn't care where you went to college. They only care about your contribution.

  75. And college is not FREE in European countries. The taxpayers pay for it. If you like paying 50% taxes, then yeah, we can have free college here too.

  76. TRASH PROPAGANDA… if you did real research, you would have known that a damn crane operator makes MORE money than the average college graduate.

    It’s mostly about MARKETABLE SKILLS, “urban studies” is not a marketable skill in the real world.

  77. In high school they prepare you for college. Throw you right into the race. Now 35,000 later after my bachelors I’m being told to get a masters. Everyone’s going for a masters now. Because nobody gets a job with just a bachelors….. Another 70000 will get me a job? Suck my dick.

  78. I work as a programmer in the IT industry and i can tell you now YOU HAVE TO HAVE A DEGREE AS A PROGRAMMER! Not everyone in the IT industry can get hired without a bachelors degree at minimum. Unless you have years of experience at a reputable company. Just as someone else mentioned, the problem is that some if not most of the fed student loans are almost always guaranteed to the borrower. What's worse they go by your parents income if you under 25, i think. So if your parents make alot, you won't get alot without your parents co-signing. Then you have to take out a parent PLUS loan on top of the student loan if your student loan isn't enough. Then these money hungry universities offer students pseudo/fluff degrees like underwater basket weaving and offer unnecessary luxuries like huge overly elaborate activity centers with built in coffee shops. These universities need their funding drastically cut and limited! That'll stop them from raising tuition, building unnecessary buildings, and milking students dry!

  79. Quit giving out false information you do not need college to get a good job…construction jobs, truck driving jobs ,welding jobs an many others provide benefits and a good living.. ps And let's not forget it does not take a college degree to start a business

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