Cutting Back, Eating Less, Paying The Price – Ch 5 Reflection

Cup of roasted, salted almonds.
There are three statistics that stood out to me while reading this chapter: “Twenty-four percent of our students indicated that in the past month they did not have enough money to buy food, ate less then they felt they should, or cut the size of their meals because there was not enough money.” – Sara … Continue reading Cutting Back, Eating Less, Paying The Price – Ch 5 Reflection

Disproportionate Struggles, Paying The Price – Ch 4 Reflection

Stadium style seating. All empty chairs.
This has certainly been the hardest chapter to read thus far. Not only the struggles facing Chloe, Ian, Tyler, Nima, Norbert, and Sophie (CINNTS) but many of the statistics that Sara includes are heartbreaking: low-income families hold student debt amounting to about 70 percent of their income, while wealthier families have student debt amounting to … Continue reading Disproportionate Struggles, Paying The Price – Ch 4 Reflection

Paying the Price

In reading chapter three of Sara Goldrick-Rab’s Paying the Price, I was struck by the deep resentment that the Pell Grant garners. Like every other form of welfare promoting social mobility, the Pell Grant has been weaponized as a redistributive, unearned, golden ticket that allows people to skip to the front of the line while […]

To Pell Or Not To Pell, Paying The Price – Ch 3 Reflection

Golden Gate Bridge disappearing into the fog.
This chapter certainly stirred a bit of fire in me. In particular, I spent a lot of time wrestling with this ethical question about the current state of the Pell program: Are we doing students from low-income families a service by funding part of their college expenses or a disservice by giving them false hopes? … Continue reading To Pell Or Not To Pell, Paying The Price – Ch 3 Reflection

Systems of Cost, Paying the Price – Ch 2 Reflection

Happy, smiling college graduate looking up to the sky. She is wearing a graduate cap.
Although this chapter provided some much needed context for the broader case of improving how we financially supporting college students, I’m not one that needs much convincing. I understand the needs and have even benefited from many of the mentioned financial aid sources. My main takeaway from this chapter is how complex the systems currently … Continue reading Systems of Cost, Paying the Price – Ch 2 Reflection

Stories from Paying the Price – Ch 1 Reflection

Book laying open on the table. The words are too blurry to see.
“The democratic community cannot tolerate  a society based upon education for the well-to-do alone. If college opportunities are restricted to those in the higher income brackets, the way is open to the creation and perpetuation of a class society which has no place in the American way of life.” – The Truman Commission (1) The … Continue reading Stories from Paying the Price – Ch 1 Reflection

Paying the Price – A Pre-Reading Reflection

White neon sign of a dollar sign in the pitch black dark
In addition to facilitating another round of GOBLIN with John Stewart over the next several weeks, I’m planning on reading Paying the Price by Sara Goldrick-Rab as part of a reading circle. Before I crack the (digital) spine of this book about the rising cost of college and its impacts, I wanted to take a moment and … Continue reading Paying the Price – A Pre-Reading Reflection