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    Misunderstood:

    You seem to have completely misread what I wrote.  I said that you can bring an 80K college cost down to 60K by living off campus.
    I read what you originally wrote as earn 60K over 4 years, or 15K a year. But I stand by my assertion that even this is hard to do today, especially in later years of a professional school and given the shortage of even minimum wage jobs - especially in a college town where thousands of kids are looking for one. 15K a year take home is basically full time hours a the minimum wage - assuming you find a job and don't take any vacation or sick days -  for four years. And let's remember that Republicans like Rep. Foxx do not support increasing the minimum wage which has fallen well behind inflation since she graduated in 1961.

    Getting a Pell grant will depend upon your family's income for at least the first couple years before you can prove financial independence. And lets not forget that Republicans like Rep. Foxx are in favor of cutting Pell grant funding which is less today than years ago.

    If you live off campus, that's great that NIU offers a bus. Not all do. Does it take you to work too? If one limits the job search to walkable distance or campus, then the odds of getting a job decrease significantly. This however falls under public transportation which Republicans have repeated supported cuts in funding for.

    Just to be clear, I worked my way through so I understand how hard it is. Yes one can reduce the cost by working. But you also increase the odds of not graduating and/or extending the time it takes to graduate, which then extends the debt as well.

    Imagination is more important than knowledge. Albert Einstein

    by michael in chicago on Sun Apr 15, 2012 at 09:50:31 AM PDT

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    •  asdf (0+ / 0-)
      If you live off campus, that's great that NIU offers a bus. Not all do. Does it take you to work too?
      Of course.  The Huskie bus line naturally has a few bus routes that go out to the hospital, out to the next town, and out to the grocery stores on the highway.  It is actually pretty typical of universities of this size:  where I work in NY, the university provides a bus system that also provides routes to adjoining towns, city hall, hospitals, main street, the mall etc.
      If one limits the job search to walkable distance or campus, then the odds of getting a job decrease significantly.
      I don't see why you think so.  Most of the shops and restaurants are near campus because that's where the business is.  Plus, a lot of part-time work is on campus, towit in the cafeteria, computer labs and so forth.  I worked multiple jobs through college and never had to walk off campus to do so.
      This however falls under public transportation which Republicans have repeated supported cuts in funding for.
      Regardless, those buses are there.

      Linking to a news article is journalism in the same sense that putting a Big Mac on a paper plate is cooking.

      by Caj on Sun Apr 15, 2012 at 08:28:05 PM PDT

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