Affordability affects attendance. If you cannot afford the high costs of college, that master’s degree is elusive and meaningless. If you cannot afford to accrue student debt that will require decades of diligent payments to eradicate, college is not a realistic option. According to Debt.org, student loan debt in this nation has topped $1 trillion, and 2014 graduates carry an average of $33,000 to repay upon graduating. Simple calculations show how tight a budget a graduate must have to afford even modest repayments on an annual salary of $48,500. Student loan debt, too, never goes away, not even in bankruptcy in most cases. Where college prepares a young adult for a largely cerebral career, a trade school provides thorough education in a trade that can provide excellent earnings for a lifetime, such as plumbing, automotive mechanics, or HVAC. Trade schools fulfill a vital function, providing the services we depend on in a complex society. Cars break down. Furnaces stop working. Toilets clog. No amount of doctoral research is going to get your remodeled house wired for electricity, for example. We need people skilled in practical trades. Trade schools and colleges struggle with drop-outs, and with students taking too long to graduate. If you drag out college an extra year by switching majors, dropping classes or failing a subject, you add huge amounts of debt. Tune in the the 411 Talk Zone Radio Show Every Saturday from 12 noon to 2 pm with host Leon Jones. Guest call in number is 215-383-5785. Like, share, and subscribe to the 411 Talk Zone Radio Show on Youtube.
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