I'm a non traditional Engineering student at PSU. I restarted my bachelors degree at 36 and will be 41 by the time I finish my masters. Fortunately I have been able to save money as an adult, find a field and pursue and education in something that I know I will enjoy and will pay my bills an likely complete my education with little outstanding debt.
That was not the story when I was 18.
As a lower mid class high school senior from coastal oregon and average grades in the late 80's I could not qualify for much in the way of scholarships and grants.
Military was the only choice if I wanted to make some quick college money. The GI bill eventually provided $27,000 for my education. I took advantage of this and it has served me well. I do lament the fact that in our country, of such great wealt,h we have no other alternative for students of low mid class, other than the military, to get a college education without a huge debt or postponing an education for many years or not at all.
Our nation needs a system to the military where low mid class teens, youth and adults can work/volunteer in social programs, environmental programs, healthcare programs and infrastructure programs that will give them experience in the world, food and lodging and generate college credit "credits".
Students also need better advising on how their choices for major will effect their financial future.
posted 4 years, 9 months ago
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