Abolish Tuition for Public Higher Education

By Breonna Johnson Colleges are expensive and lead to long term debt from student loans. Average tuition at a public four-year college has more than tripled over the past 30 years, but a typical family’s income has barely budged. Making public colleges free, will allow more students to follow the career paths of their dreams,…

Destroy stigma around college.

By Mikie Weidman For decades, college has been seen as a “requirement.” If a person does not attend college they are seen as apathetic, unambitious, and lacking direction. That is a lot of pressure to put on a teenager. American society has a huge stigma around college, the stigma is that college is the only…

Artist Statement

By Breonna Johnson While researching our topic, the Student Loan Crisis, the anxiety and despair Americans experience while struggling to pay for college loan debt was a recurring topic. The question of how Americans should pay for college was also a recurring topic during our research. Students of middle-class families are more likely to either…

Restructure Loan Repayment

By Gemma Gleason The cost for a higher education is currently considered to be among one of the fastest-rising costs in America today. In the past 10 to 15 years, the price of college tuition has skyrocketed while median income has dropped. It is difficult for families to pay for their student’s education without taking…

Plan ahead or don’t enroll

  By Omari Mccoy-King In the United States today, the total student loan debt is approximately $1.2 trillion. Student loan debt is 6% of the overall national debt. As a result there has been a lot of debate about what to do about the “student loan crisis.” However, this discussion should not be handled as…

Work cited

Annotated Works Cited Restructure Loan Repayment:   “Average Rates of Growth of Published Charges by Decade.” – Trends in Higher Education. N.p., n.d. Web. 12 Jan. 2016.   Berman, Jillian. “Watch America’s Student-loan Debt Grow $2,726 Every Second.” MarketWatch. N.p., 10 Nov. 2015. Web. 12 Jan. 2016.   Blum, Susan D. “College for All? Forget…

INVESTIGATIVE JOURNALISM: An Interdisciplinary Approach

Berkeley High School’s Arts & Humanities Academy Senior Interdisciplinary Project for the fall semester aims to explore a variety of socio-political issues and the multiple narratives around these topics , with particular attention to how these narratives are developed, articulated, and perpetuated through mass media – and why. THE TASK: Working in groups of four, students are responsible…

Student Loans? More like Student Moans

By Gemma Gleason, Omari Mccoy-King, Breonna Johnson, Mikie Weidman, and Alejandro Perez. The economy has been unreliable. There are few jobs and too many applicants. Wages are stagnant. Gas prices are through the roof. Median family income declined between 2005 and 2014. Yet, the tuition at public colleges and universities increased 24% (in 2015 dollars)…