…While there are many government measures that could ease the massive burden of student debt, some straightforward steps could make higher education accessible to all. Tennessee, for example, recently voted to make two-year colleges free for all high school graduates. The U.S. as whole could take a note from Germany and make public universities free with relative ease. The government spends around $69 billion subsidizing college education and another $107.4 billion on student loans. Tuition at all public universities comes to much less than that, around $62.6 billion in 2012. By restructuring the education budget, the cost of attending public universities could easily be brought down to zero. This would also put pressure on private universities to lower their cost in order to be more competitive.
At least for now, however, learning German might be the best financial choice an American high school student can make…
A young, reasonably fit person could bike the 11-12 miles on the Burke-Gilman from Kenmore to UW (not one hill to speak of on the route) without breaking a sweat.
Affordable shared housing can be had north of UW in Bothell, Kenmore, Lake Forest Park, or Shoreline. Many of those locations offer Burke-Gilman access, park and rides and Metro/Sound Transit routes.
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