The following post refers to the article, “Tuition fees ‘have led to surge in students seeking counselling'”, which can be found at the following link: http://www.theguardian.com/education/2016/mar/13/tuition-fees-have-led-to-surge-in-students-seeking-counselling
If there is one thing that a majority of university students will agree on, it would be related to the astronomically high tuition fees, especially for out-of-state students. According to the article related to this post, “.. tuition fee and student loan debt are major contributors to the rise in students seeking mental health help”. Compounding this issue more (an issue which I personally worry about) is the risk of not having a job after graduation.
Due to outrageous tuition, it is suggested that society’s view of education has shifted from being societal benefit to a question of its cost relative to its worth, in addition to the competitiveness of the academic environment which leads to “isolation, stress and anxiety”. For me, this article hits really close to home. Being raised in an average, middle-class family, university tuition fees were unaffordable, thus I depended a great deal on scholarships and student loans. Over the years, the debt related to my student loans continuously grew, resulting in further interest, and concern that it would be nearly a decade until I’m able to pay it all back. But, what if I’m not able to find a job right away, and I have no way of paying back the debt. The stress of these payments, compounded by other environmental stressors can be overwhelming to consider. It’s not surprising that a survey from last year indicated that nearly “8/10 students said they experienced mental health issues” related to the financial burdens of higher education.