I Have a Master’s Degree and I’m Still Poor

I Have a Master’s Degree and I’m Still Poor

When I was young, I convinced myself that signing up for college was the best way for me to avoid being poor. Yet somehow how I still ended up poor. I was raised by a single mother who did her best to make sure that my brother and I had everything we needed. At times...
A Commencement Address for the Most Indebted Class Ever

A Commencement Address for the Most Indebted Class Ever

Congratulations, college graduates! As you enter the next phase of life, you and your parents should be proud of your achievements. But, I’m sorry to say, they’ve come at a price: The system is trying to squeeze you harder than any previous generation. Many baby...
Severing a Higher Education Lifeline

Severing a Higher Education Lifeline

Three months ago, I walked across the stage at the University of Mississippi to claim my Bachelor’s diploma. Throwing my cap into the Oxford summer air, I felt a sense of accomplishment, but also a sense of uncertainty. What’s next for me? My long-term goal is to help...
Talkin’ ‘Bout My Generation

Talkin’ ‘Bout My Generation

After graduating from high school, I had two choices: I could earn a college degree while shouldering debt, or struggle in a highly competitive job market without one. I chose the former. And I’m not the only one. My generation is setting records in higher...
Limit Graduates’ Debt, Not Their Options

Limit Graduates’ Debt, Not Their Options

If lawmakers can’t come up with a solution, interest rates on federal student loans are set to double from 3.4 percent to 6.8 percent starting July 1. When I graduate from college in December, I will join the 37 million Americans with student loan debt. For me,...
The Sleazy League

The Sleazy League

College wants Your mind to grow, It also wants To grab your dough. Once upon a time, most college kids plugged away in high school, saved their babysitting money, took practice exams, settled for a rebuilt clutch in the family car, and worked summer jobs waiting...
Turning College Students into a Commodity

Turning College Students into a Commodity

Let’s take a trip deep into the magic kingdom of “Laissez Fairyland” and prostrate ourselves before the infallible and inscrutable force known as the free market. While this awesome deity cannot be seen, the high priests of free-market fundamentalism...
Crushing College Dreams

Crushing College Dreams

As graduation season swings into high gear, a new economic crisis confronts thousands of this year’s high school and college grads — crushing college student loan debt. America’s student loan debt recently reached the $1-trillion mark. That’s...
The Class of 2012’s Choice

The Class of 2012’s Choice

Millions of college graduates will soon walk across the stage to accept their diplomas. Given the harsh reality of today’s economy, here’s the commencement speech I’d like to deliver to the class of 2012: Congratulations on your degrees. And sorry...
The UC Davis Pepper Spray Incident

The UC Davis Pepper Spray Incident

The video sophomore Thomas Fowler shot of a campus cop attacking a group of about 20 University of California, Davis students with pepper spray at close range during a peaceful protest has gone viral. Although this outrageous incident has garnered widespread media...
Chump U

Chump U

Crummy college, Taught no skill; But I still must Pay the bill. College isn’t just about hitting the books in ivy-strewn buildings, tailgating at football games, and cramming for exams anymore. Consider the increasingly popular “for-profit” or...
Do We Need ‘Student Loans’ for Billionaires?

Do We Need ‘Student Loans’ for Billionaires?

Polly Toynbee, a commentator for Britain’s Guardian newspaper, plays a role quite similar to Paul Krugman, the Nobel Prize-winning economist who doubles as a New York Times columnist. Both regularly advance well-reasoned — and even inspirational —...

College Ain’t What it Used to Be

College now Is fraught with woe; Everybody, Wants to go. Everyone is going to college these days, whether they need it or not. And why shouldn’t they? With jobs so hard to come by, you might as well beef up your resume as stand around on the corner. After all,...

“Tory scum! Off with their heads!”

Britain’s coalition government survived the most serious challenge yet to its austerity plans on Thursday when Parliament narrowly approved a sharp increase in college fees. But violent student protests in central London, including an attack on a car carrying...