Middle Class Students Annoyed to Discover Community Colleges Seem to be for Poor People

Apparently at the same time that many community colleges are straining due to funding cuts and increased demand for jobs training, some traditional, 18-year-olds are also going to community colleges and demanding that they get, well, nicer.

According to an article by Paul Fain at Inside Higher Ed:

Nationwide, 22 percent of college students with annual family incomes over $100,000 attended community colleges last year, up from 16 percent four years ago, according to a study by Sallie Mae.

But this group is also demanding, as traditional-age students want a full campus experience with amenities like fitness centers and extracurricular activities, which can mean new buildings and strained student service budgets. They are also more likely to seek out counselors, experts said.

The chances of this actually working out well are limited. You can’t have it both ways, kids.

You know why your parents are sending you to community college? Because it’s cheap. Guess why it’s cheap.

Daniel Luzer

Daniel Luzer is the news editor at Governing Magazine and former web editor of the Washington Monthly. Find him on Twitter: @Daniel_Luzer