The costs of not being able to afford college in Ohio

The Dayton Daily News has an article in todays paper about the cost of public colleges in Ohio- and how the gap between those being able to afford college- and those that can’t is widening along racial lines.

But, it’s good to know we can afford to incarcerate an idiot who is little threat to society- for 6 years- give him health insurance, room and board, and guess what- a college education- for being drunk and stupid.

I’m speaking from experience with the kid I’ve mentored for the last 19 years. I know, he’s in prison doing his second 3 year stint- so I’m a bad mentor, you can say that- but, if he’d had proper access to medical care, rehab and an education- he would be a productive member of society.

At $65 a day, for 6 years, the State will have invested $142,350 in Eric- and given him a rap sheet that makes assimilation into society difficult.

I read this article- and I think, how things could have been different for many young black men- if we had different priorities in where our State invests money. Prisons aren’t a good investment- education, health care, rehabilitation are.

Read the article- and tell me what you think.
Report: Ohio, 42 others fail to offer affordable colleges

Numbers from National Center for Public Policy and Higher Education also show that racial and economic gaps are widening.By Mark Fisher Staff Writer Thursday, September 07, 2006

COLUMBUS — Classes may just be starting at many Ohio colleges, but the state itself just received its own higher education grade card that showed some encouraging signs of improvement — along with one glaring “F.”

Every two years, the National Center for Public Policy and Higher Education assigns grades to all 50 states in categories such as affordability, preparation, participation, completion and benefits. In a report, Measuring Up 2006, scheduled for release today, Ohio got an “F” in affordability, as it did two and four years ago — and it’s backsliding.

But Ohio has plenty of company: 42 other states, including all that border the Buckeye state, also flunked, and no state was graded above a C. The center analyzes the average tuition cost of colleges in relation to the average family income and average loan amount undergraduates borrow each year.

The center found that even after adjusting for student financial aid, Ohio families devote a large share of their family income to attend public colleges, which enroll three out of four college students in the state. Families are spending 42 percent of their average annual income to attend public four-year universities, up from 28 percent a decade ago and up from 36 percent just two years ago, the report said.

Still, many Ohioans are rising above the financial obstacles. The report also showed that very large proportions of Ohio high school juniors and seniors score well on college entrance exams, and in the past decade, the chance that an Ohio ninth-grader will enroll in college by age 19 has increased, in contrast to a nationwide decline. But other areas of concern included:

• Among 18- to 24-year-olds, the gap in college participation between whites and nonwhites has widened substantially.

• Young adults from high-income families are about three times as likely as those from low-income families to attend college — one of the widest gaps in the nation.

Sean Creighton, executive director of the Southwestern Ohio Council of Higher Education, called the racial and economic gaps “frightening” and said the overall college-going rate is woefully low. Creighton called for state officials to invest in scholarships and in expanded programs for high school students to prepare them for, and to highlight the advantages of, a college education.

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