If you’re reading this blog you’re on our website, THANK YOU! We really appreciate it, we appreciate that you are taking an interest in this at all. To explain what this event is, it is a group of communications students paying tuition money and taking a class because they are so passionate about giving students a chance to afford to pay for college. We understand not everyone can afford college, if a student gets into WWU it is a tragedy that they have to drop out due to financial reasons. We have established that college costs a lot and it’s extremely difficult to get into. We are asking you to come down to Boundary Bay May 30th, have a beer, enter some raffles, and listen to some live music at this ALL AGES EVENT!
We are WWU, we are a someone who never had to worry about tuition until his parents got laid off, we are the kid who is homeless but still wants to get a higher education. We are the couple who just found out they are expecting a child unexpectedly, we are a son who just lost a mother who would always support him emotionally and financially. We are WWU, please come support us, we would be so grateful for any and all help you could give to us. Come out May 30th to Boundary Bay 3-7pm.
Rising Cost of Tuition
In the last blog it was established that it is hard to get into college (like we didn’t already know that), but what we haven’t addressed is the cost of college. College seems to be getting more expensive every year. The average cost for tuition, room, and board is about $14,300 at public institutions and $37,800 for private institutions. (Tuition costs of colleges and universities) Tuition is simply on the rise, it used to be that working while in college would be enough to minimize student loans but not any longer. The cost of higher education has risen by more than 538% since 1985. I know what you’re thinking “everything costs more now” but medical costs have only gone up by about 286%. On the bright side this year’s increase in tuition are smaller than average years, the bad news is that cumulative debt is steadily increasing and real incomes haven’t grown for more than 10 years except for top earners (Lorin). So people aren’t making a great deal of more money yet the cost of higher education is still rising, what does this mean? DEBT!
I hope you’re sitting down for this one. In the class of 2013, sixty nine percent of students had an average student loan debt of $28,400 (USNews.com). After leaving school they have to enter the job market, if they don’t get a well-paying job quickly then the interest on these loans will begin to increase. For grad school the loans are worse, a quarter of graduate students owe almost $100,000 in student loans (USNews.com). Half of students have reconsidered finishing college due to student loans (Bidwell). We can change this!!! This is why our class is so passionate about this fundraiser, this is why we are paying to work our butts off to raise money for WWU students. This is why 100% of these funds go to help WWU students. Students need scholarships to help them attain a higher education please make the pledge and donate to WeAreWWU to help students get an education and achieve their dream. Please make the pledge and donate to WeAreWWU.
Bidwell, A. (2014, November 13). Average Student Loan Debt Approaches $30,000. Retrieved May 10, 2015, from http://www.usnews.com/news/articles/2014/11/13/average-student-loan-debt-hits-30-000
Bidwell, A. (2014, October 7). Student Loan Expectations: Myth vs. Reality. Retrieved May 6, 2015, from http://www.usnews.com/news/blogs/data-mine/2014/10/07/student-loan-expectations-myth-vs-reality
Lorin, J. (2014, November 12). College Tuition in the U.S. Again Rises Faster Than Inflation. Retrieved May 8, 2015, from http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2014-11-13/college-tuition-in-the-u-s-again-rises-faster-than-inflation
Tuition costs of colleges and universities. (n.d.). Retrieved May 10, 2015, from http://nces.ed.gov/fastfacts/display.asp?id=76
College Applications on the Rise
Getting into college has always been difficult. College can be hard for any number of reasons but obviously getting accepted is the first step. It seems to be getting harder every year; seventy five percent of colleges reported an increase in the number of applications from the previous years. With more applicants, schools have the opportunity to be more selective, they now can pick and choose who they want from a larger pool and therefore reject more students. Western Washington University is absolutely no exception to this applicant increase. In 2010 WWU received nine thousand six hundred and twenty applications. WWU only accepted seventy two percent of students which was the lowest admit rate in fifteen years. For transfer students things have become increasingly difficult, in 2008 seventy percent got accepted but in 2010 only fifty seven percent of transfer students got accepted. The application rates are not going down. 2015 had the highest number of applicants ever with nine thousand eight hundred and two applicants and could only accept two thousand eight hundred, there was a five hundred applicant increase. High achieving students who have received awards and honors rate of application is up by twelve percent.
Although it is great news to hear that WWU is receiving some the best and brightest students in the northwest it is hard to turn away very bright and promising students just because not enough spaces were open. This is such a select group of students that we don’t want to have to turn away students for financial reasons. That’s why WE ARE WWU is trying to raise money to provide scholarships to Western students, these students have gone through a great deal to just get accepted and having to turn student away simply due to the cost would be a disheartening end to someone’s college dream.
WWU receives highest-ever number of freshman applications | Western Today. (2015, March 30). Retrieved April 25, 2015, from http://onlinefast.org/wwutoday/news/wwu-receives-highest-ever-number-of-freshman-applications
College Admission Gets Tougher. (2008, February 8). Retrieved April 26, 2015, from http://www.newsweek.com/college-admission-gets-tougher-87245
Keeping you up to date on the progress of the WeAreWWU fundraising campaign!