The Spark

the Voice of
The Communist League of Revolutionary Workers–Internationalist

“The emancipation of the working class will only be achieved by the working class itself.”
— Karl Marx

Pricing Workers out of College

Apr 11, 2022

Parents at Blue Cross, like parents across the U.S., would like for their graduating children to have the opportunity to go to college. Following the pandemic and all of the problems working people went through, including increased depression of school age children, you would think that those who run the system would try to make opportunities for the kids to get up and get ahead.

Not so. The average cost of college has increased drastically. For a Michigan resident, going to a public college in Michigan is averaging over $15,000 a year. One source points out that, with the cost of tuition comes the average student debt of $31,000! This same expert can only encourage students to study hard and go to a cheaper school.

Where? Working people are being priced out of higher education entirely. Workers’ fights for public education resulted in grade schools for the population, a “right” that has been badly eroded. Workers’ fights for higher education will have to be made for the “right” to go to college.