Re “Millions eligible for loan revision,” April 22: I’ve been reading about the problem of Americans owing more than $1 trillion in student loans and the federal income-based repayment program, as well as comments from Lauren Asher, president of the Institute for College Access & Success.
I am a University of Cincinnati graduate. I am the oldest of nine children from a lower-middle-class-income family. I received a federal grant that paid for my freshman year tuition. I commuted to college from home, worked in a factory every summer to pay for all other tuition and expenses and graduated without any debt.
I’m wondering what percentage of college students actually live close enough to a good two- or four-year college that would allow commuting from home? How much of the $1 trillion debt is room and board expenses? In other words, how much of all this college loan debt is absolutely necessary? I could be wrong, but it would seem that far too many students value college as an away from home “experience,” as much as — or more than — an opportunity to obtain a degree. The percentage of students who do not graduate in four years, if at all, would seem to confirm this.
I know austerity is a dirty word in the liberal community, but I would ask Asher and the Institute for College Access & Success, just how much effort and emphasis do they place on pointing out the economic savings of commuting from home and finishing a degree in the traditional minimum two or four years. From the article, it appears that little, if any, emphasis is put on that. Instead, the focus seems to be on figuring out how students can get out from under their debt by having the government (taxpayers) modify or forgive it, once it has been undertaken. … JOSEPH BRAFFORD, BEAVERCREEK
‘In a position to accept only the best’
Re “OSU has broad appeal,” April 9: The article stated, “The number of out-of-state applications to Ohio State University surpassed those from Ohio residents for the first time this year…” That should send shock waves through the state, through every high school, through the legislature, etc. Fifty-six percent of applications are from out of state.
The article states that the two main reasons are that there are fewer graduates of Ohio’ s high schools these days, and that Ohio State is responding to that and expanding its recruiting and marketing in other parts of the country and the world. I have seen similar comments about the University of Cincinnati and even Sinclair Community College.
There are two realities here. One is that the list of valedictorians and salutatorians to be published soon is of students who are ranked first or second in their own classes. But in our global society, a graduating senior is suddenly compared to millions of graduates in the world. There is no better example of that than Ohio State.
The other more shocking reality is that some Ohio high school students will apply to Ohio State and be rejected because their spots will be given to students from another part of the United States or from the world. That just sounds wrong. But Ohio State is in a position to accept only the best.
Will the legislature want to generously fund a state university where a growing number of its students are not from Ohio? This is serious business for education in Ohio’s high schools. THOMAS WOLF, MIAMI TWP.
It’s time we stopped blaming all computer problems on “software glitches” (“Church site blocked on some military bases,” April 26). Most “computer glitches” are a mistake by a human being.