16 Shocking Facts About Student Debt And The Great College Education Scam

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As you read this, there are over 18 million students enrolled at the nearly 5,000 colleges and universities currently in operation across the United States.  Many of these institutions of higher learning are now charging $20,000, $30,000 or even $40,000 a year for tuition and fees.  That does not even count living expenses. Today it is 400% more expensive to go to college in the United States than it was just 30 years ago.

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Most of these 18 million students have been told over and over that a “higher education” is the key to getting a good job and living the American Dream.  They have been told not to worry about how much it costs and that there is plenty of financial aid (mostly made up of loans) available. 

Now our economy is facing the biggest student loan debt bubble in the history of the world, and when our new college graduates enter the “real world” they are finding out that the good jobs they were promised are very few and far between.  As millions of Americans wake up and start realising that the tens of thousands of dollars that they have poured into their college educations was mostly a waste, will the great college education scam finally be exposed?

For now, the system continues to push the notion that a college education is the key to a good future and that there is plenty of “financial aid” out there for everyone that wants to go to college.

Recently, U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan visited students at T.C. Williams High School in Alexandria, Virginia and encouraged them to load up on college loans….

“Please apply for our financial aid. We want to give you money. There’s lots of money out there for you.”

So where will Arne Duncan be when those students find themselves locked into decades of absolutely suffocating student loan debt repayments?

What young high school students are never told is that not even bankruptcy can get you out of student loan debt.  It will stay with you forever until you finally pay it off.

Today each new crop of optimistic college graduates quickly discovers that there are simply not nearly enough jobs for all of them.  Thousands upon thousands of them end up waiting tables or stocking the shelves at retail stores.  Many of them end up deeply bitter as they find themselves barely able to survive and yet saddled with tens of thousands of dollars in student loan debt that nobody ever warned them about.

Sadly, the quality of the education that most of these college students is receiving is a complete and total joke.

Take it from someone that has graduated from a couple of very highly respected institutions.  I have an undergraduate degree, a law degree and another degree on top of that, so I know what I am talking about.  Higher education in America has become so dumbed-down that the family dog could literally pass most college courses.

It is an absolute joke.  The vast majority of college students in America spend two to four hours a day in the classroom and maybe an hour or two outside the classroom studying.  The remainder of the time these “students” are out drinking beer, partying, chasing after sex partners, going to sporting events, playing video games, hanging out with friends, chatting on Facebook or getting into trouble.  When they say that college is the most fun that most people will ever have in their lives they mean it.  It is basically one huge party.

Of the little “education” that actually does go on, so much of it is so dedicated to pushing various social engineering agendas that it makes the whole process virtually worthless.  Most parents would be absolutely shocked if they could actually see the kind of “indoctrination” that goes on inside U.S. college classrooms today.

A college education can be worth it for those in very highly technical or very highly scientific fields, or for those wanting to enter one of the very few fields that is still very financially lucrative, but for nearly everyone else it is just one big money-making scam.

Oh, but you parents please keep breaking your backs to put money into the college funds of your children so that they can be spoon-fed establishment propaganda all day and party like wild animals all night for four years.

It really is a huge scam.  I was there.  I saw it with my own eyes.

But if you will not believe me, perhaps you will believe some cold, hard statistics.  The following are 16 shocking facts about the student loan debt bubble and the great college education scam….

Americans now owe more than $875 billion on student loans, which is more than the total amount that Americans owe on their credit cards

Source: FinAid

Since 1982, the cost of medical care in the United States has gone up over 200% but that is nothing compared to the cost of college tuition which has gone up by more than 400%

Source: My Budget 360

The typical U.S. college student spends less than 30 hours a week on academics

The unemployment rate for college graduates under the age of 25 is over 9%

Source: NYTimes

There are about two million recent college graduates that are currently unemployed

Approximately two-thirds of all college students graduate with student loans

In the United States today, 317,000 waiters and waitresses have college degrees

Source: The Chronicle

The Project on Student Debt estimates that 206,000 Americans graduated from college with more than $40,000 in student loan debt during 2008

In the United States today, 24.5 per cent of all retail sales persons have a college degree

Total student loan debt in the United States is now increasing at a rate of approximately $2,853.88 per second

Source: FinAid

There are 365,000 cashiers in the United States today that have college degrees

Source: The Chronicle

Starting salaries for college graduates across the United States are down in 2010

Source: PR Web

In the United States today, over 18,000 parking lot attendants have college degrees

Source: The Chronicle

Federal statistics reveal that only 36 per cent of the full-time students who began college in 2001 received a bachelor's degree within four years

According to a recent survey by Twentysomething Inc., a staggering 85 per cent of college seniors planned to move back home after graduation last May

Source: CNN Money

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