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Should the amount of loans a student receives in college be tied to their potential earnings after graduation based on their major?

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tomatogrower 2 years, 8 months ago

Then no one would be able to afford university to become a teacher.


kernal 2 years, 8 months ago

Should repayment of student loans be based on the actual earnings of students after they graduate? Who on Earth can accurately project "potential" earnings - the economy never stays the same. There used to be some programs where student loan debt would be forgiven for certain fields, such as medicine and teaching, if the students contractully agreed to work in rural areas.

Don't go to college just because you don' t know what you want to do. Take a year off, travel if you can do it, or work. Maybe with more exposure to real life and what's out there, you'll have a better idea of your abilities and how you what to earn a living.


Richard Heckler 2 years, 8 months ago

The Bush/Cheney fraudulent home loan fiasco wiped out 11 million jobs many of which went abroad. And the Nations economy went straight to hell!

Considering the impact politicians,Koch Industries and Wal-Mart family money have on salary packages and hourly wage levels should college grads be expected to pay back college loans?

The repub party and all of the above are waging war on salaries for white and blue collar workers. IF they are successful in doing away with unions, workers in the USA will see a dramatic reduction in wages across the board for blue and white collar workers. Union or not because reduction in wages across the board is the primary objective.

Do you want to work for less? Unions are responsible for good wages in the USA and:

  1. over time pay
  2. 40 hour work weeks as opposed to 80
  3. Vacation with pay
  4. Sick leave with pay
  5. Medical insurance coverage
  6. Pay Increases
  7. Job protection based on legitimate concerns
  8. Protection against race and gender discrimination
  9. Disability Pay

Who wants to work for less?

How can lower wages pay back college loans?


Benjamin Roberts 2 years, 8 months ago

"Should the amount of loans a student receives in college be tied to their potential earnings after graduation based on their major?"

Wrong question; the question should be:

"Should the amount of tuition a student pays a college be tied to their potential earnings after graduation based on their major?"


George_Braziller 2 years, 8 months ago

Took me five years to get through a four year program at KU but I graduated debt free.

Could have done it in four, but working 20-30 hours a week during the school year while carrying a full class load wore me down. I tried to pull off a five hour French class at 7:30 a.m. but it was too much. I had to drop it and take it again the next semester.

Worked full time every summer, every spring break, every winter break, worked weekends as needed. I busted my ass for five years. I had to.

I was 24 before I finally was able to just take a week off and not work.


mutualrespect37 2 years, 8 months ago

Here's Noam Chomsky in an article and great accompanying video discussing the corporatization of American Universities:'s_next/

Rick Perry is all for this, and has been aggressively pursuing corporate-friendly policies at the top state Universities in TX. No doubt Brownback would support this type of thing too. To a large extent treating students like customers begins with the widespread pressure as fresh people to take out loans. I told myself as an eighteen-year-old education was more important to me than buying a house, and still believe that. Maybe one should not be forced to choose though. Assuring that everyone receives the education they need to reach their full potential is part of treating people like human beings--almost as much a right as decent healthcare for everyone. U.S. education costs are barely a splash in the bucket compared to the trillions we spend on waging war.


vicblthndr 2 years, 8 months ago

4 years of slack offs and partiers, 100K in debt, after they finish (?) find a mediocore job, and alas your loan is forgiven, another example of todays lazy, you owe me a living youths.


classclown 2 years, 8 months ago

Another thing to consider is how honest are collages about grads finding a job in their field of study after graduation.


1029 2 years, 8 months ago

I think the amount of loans should be based on looks. Ugly people tend to be less successful and usually earn less money.


tolawdjk 2 years, 8 months ago

Only if you want to stop educating teachers.

Heck, for that matter, might as well stop educating general praction medical doctors as well.

And better check into where these people want reside. Even at KU Law or Washburn, under this plan you would have to question the "fiscal responsibility" of someone wanting to practice in rural America.

However, if you want to lower the student aid debt cost, I think there should be some examination of where the money is going to. For example, in your first two years, there are very few degrees that couldn't get what they need at a smaller state school or juco. Wouldn't it make more sense to require at least two years of postive degree development at say Johnson County before federal funds are given for KU Engineering? I know engineering is probably not the best example as I know there are sophmore level courses that engineers start, but the principal is there.


2002 2 years, 8 months ago

Well one idea is to end student loans completely and then watch how quickly the price of education drops. I think the real answer is to totally reform the educational system. It is too expensive as it stands now and middle class students are getting squeezed.


Peter Macfarlane 2 years, 8 months ago

A 4-year college or university is an expensive way to find yourself. It would be much better to encourage sons and daughters who have no clue about much of anything to go out into the world of work for a while, get a taste of reality, figure out what they wish to do in life, and then and only then go to college or university.


pure_republication 2 years, 8 months ago

Only a Democrat would think to ask that query.


socialintelligencecounts 2 years, 8 months ago

The student loan program needs to be restructured or thrown out. It's a bad way to put people in a debt trap in the name of opportunity. Currently there is more student loan than credit card debt. That's a bad sign.


Charlie Bannister 2 years, 8 months ago

What ever happened to the concept of working your way through college so you weren't saddled with so much debt when you got done? Oh that's right, I remember now. Chairman Mao Bama has destroyed the economy and jobs. Is it November 2012 yet?


Centerville 2 years, 8 months ago

What? You're saying that student borrowers can't figure this out for themselves?


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