When Education Amounts to Lottery Winnings

By Faith Gonia

If I won the lottery, I would pay the student debt of one lucky college graduate in the United States. Only one unfortunately, for I fear that if I attempted to take on the debts of two, my earnings would fail to cover the costs. 

Okay, okay, I understand that the average student loan debt across the country does not amount to two billion dollars. But is thirty thousand dollars not just as absurd a price, especially when considering how essential a college education is to successfully finding a job? How can employers expect four or more years or greater of higher education (plus prefer prestigious, expensive universities) when American colleges demand twice the bill of other nations?

For a country that boasts its superiority in diversity, military, and national economy, the United States has made a critical error in its financially inaccessible post-secondary education system. Like alright, I get we moved across the world and started our own gig; go independence! But maybe we could agree with Europe just this once, and then our college could cost two hundred dollars annually rather than twenty thousand.  In my utopia, college expenses do not inhibit young adults from advancing in their education. When the Powerball jackpot is only 0.11% of the nationwide student debt total, I start to believe that we have done something wrong as a country.