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A social problem is an issue in society that is viewed by an extensive amount of people as a concern and without close attention can impact many in a seemingly negative way (Lauer, 1976). Social issues affect the young, and the old and are not particular to any race. The social issue that has impacted the current generation and which has the potential to impact generations to come, is the increase in the tuition of higher education. This is an issue that is often overlooked because individuals are forced to deal with it due to the demand and expectations of society. American culture is so fixated on a view that suggests that individuals can only be successful if they receive at least a bachelor’s degree. However, we rarely discuss the accessibility of such a degree and what individuals go through just to be able to afford it. We also fail to consider if the investment is worthwhile, or in other words will the money that individuals put into school be reflected in the salaries they receive after receiving their degree? Research has found that the answer is “yes”, however their new salary is no match for the debt that students are often faced with after graduation. College is awfully expensive, and many people who are not able to afford it find themselves in debt and other financial strains, because of the societal stigmas and attitudes associated with those who have not attended college, this paper will look at the demand for higher education from a group of people who often struggle to attend, it will examine the fairness, the rationality, the factors, and more importantly the impact that the increase in tuition has on society.In general, social issues are of significant interest to me because as an aspiring social worker my aim is to help fix societal issues in any way. However, the inclined cost of tuition is of particular interest to me because I am a struggling college student, and I experience the same things that are discussed in this paper, and some nights I find myself
wondering if this will all be worth it, and if college is a just investment for me and my peers. Before one can understand the depth of the issue, we must first form a construct of higher education and what it means to a lot of families. Higher education refers to any education received beyond receiving a high school diploma, and usual refers to, but is notlimited to a college or university (). For those fortunate enough to receive and complete a four or five year program at a higher learning institution, a lot of economic and social benefits are expected to follow according to society. Higher education is commonly associated with higher incomes, security, and satisfaction (Hill). All of which are desirable outcomes for anyone. Individuals who received a bachelor’s degree or higher were reported to have lower unemployment rates (Aliprantis, 12). Which evidently provides a level of security that everyone seems to