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Editorials: Getting into college, and paying for it...

Published April 18, 2012 10:42 am

This is an archived article that was published on sltrib.com in 2012, and information in the article may be outdated. It is provided only for personal research purposes and may not be reprinted.

Above: "How I Got Into College," a pretty good little movie you've probably never heard of.

A decided collegiate tone to today's editorials:

- 1st step into college: State should pay for ACT tests - Salt Lake Tribune Editorial

... For too many Utah teenagers, especially those from low-income homes, coming up with at least $34 to take the ACT is just the first hurdle on the road to a college degree. If that were removed, it might seem easier to overcome the next, and then the next.But the legislation to make free college admission tests a reality did not make it through the final, hectic days of this year's legislative session, although it had broad support.So, the Utah State Board of Education is rightly considering the next-best thing: changing current rules to make the tests more widely available. Board members will present their plan to an interim education committee meeting in May to encourage legislators to pass the bill during a special session or in next year's regular session. ...

- Smart borrowing: Student loans can bury graduates - Salt Lake Tribune Editorial

... The price of a college degree, as any student or parent of a student can tell you, has gone up faster than the rate of just about anything except the amount of debt the average college student assumes on graduation day. ...... The good news is that Utah graduates have the lowest debt on average in the nation — $15,509.Some argue that borrowing to invest in a college degree will pay off in higher lifetime earnings. They say that working long hours while attending school to avoid debt is risky because students who work full time take longer to graduate and many never get degrees. And their academic performance and important social activities suffer.Others take the position that student-loan debt is an ugly albatross that should be avoided at all costs.So what's a college student to do?Not surprisingly, education is the key to sensible borrowing. ...


- The next financial crisis - Scripps Howard Editorial/via Ogden Standard-Examiner

- We'll all wind up paying for huge student debt - Chicago Sun-Times Editoria

- Awash in student debt: Dedham (Mass.) Transcript Editorial

- College credits boost high schoolers' transcripts and futures - Portland Oregonian Editorial

- Is fighting Colorado wildfires a function of higher ed? - Denver Post Editorial