Going to School in a City Means Having a lot of Pocket Money
By Jill Davis
As the year winds down, it’s important to reflect on how much one has learned from their time at AU. The friends made, money spent, tests taken, money spent, classes skipped, and more money spent. Take a look through this article to reflect on how much an education these days actually costs when not only going to a private institution, but also a private institution in a major city.
The price tag on an academic year at AU is approximately $65,000. This includes costs of classes, housing, dining, and most of the college “basics.” Does it cover textbooks? Nope. How about bug-free food? Didn’t think so. The crazier part? We are only in school for a little over half of the year. How is it that one can get 10 months of schooling for free at public school but need to pay over $60,000 here to get only 8 months of schooling? Never before have I fully believed in the saying, “the more you pay, the less you go.” Nonetheless, hundreds of students pay this insane price to attend an institution like American. On top of this all, you are living in a city like D.C. where the streets of Dupont Circle are littered with night clubs and one store on M Street in Georgetown could wipe your pockets clean. If possible, I’d love for someone to direct me to the site with scholarships for free access to Opera for a Thursday night, but that would be just not going at all. Many a time, people overlook all the extra luxuries of going to a college in a city that has so much to do and see. Yes, there are a lot of free things to do to such as monumenting, going to any of the Smithsonians, or play the field like Anna Delvey and scam your rich, international friends. As a college student, one can argue that getting a full college experience would mean embracing every part of the city that you now call home: protesting on Capitol Hill to dancing like a fool at Barcode Tuesdays. All this being said, a new fear has arisen to not only pay off student loans but eventually my credit card bills from different Lyft rides and club cover fees. Going to an expensive school in an expensive city creates a divide between the student body who bleed privilege and those who are barely making it by, questioning if it’s the school’s job to bridge that gap or push an acceptance of this being the new university norm.