The mission of College Affordability Solutions is to help families and students design College Finance Plans so we once again become a nation in which postsecondary education is affordable for every qualified student.
Why this mission? In the United States, the share of high school students earning diplomas is at an all-time high but the numbers of Americans pursuing postsecondary degrees has declined each year since 2010.
This is one reason why the middle-class is shrinking. And in the knowledge-based 21st century, it undermines our nation’s ability to compete in the world marketplace, where rival nations are producing more and more college graduates.
What are the causes of all this his? One is that way too many Americans are being priced out of higher learning. Just one year at a public college or university now averages 42% of median household income, and the educational debt of college graduates averages more than $30,000 per borrower.
Financial aid helps if students and their families know how to get it. But it’s insufficient to cover the college costs of most low and middle-income students.
As a result, it’s more important than ever for students and their families to develop and implement College Finance Plans designed to meet their own unique circumstances. These plans can be broken into three phases — before, during, and after college — each of which includes strategies to help make a quality postsecondary education more affordable.
At College Affordability Solutions, our vision is of a society in which college costs don’t undermine anyone’s postsecondary educational plans and realities. That’s why we consult with students and their parents at no charge. Let’s get started! Contact College Affordability Solutions today!
Tom Melecki, PhD, Founder, College Affordability Solutions