Historically, getting a college education lead to a guaranteed job post- graduation. College was affordable and 81% of students in the 1970s graduated. Today, only 60% of students graduate and college is simply not affordable for the general population. Although there are Pell grants, scholarships and Financial Aid offered by universities, they typically are not able to cover the costly tuition. There is no longer a guarantee of employment post graduation, leaving students drowning in debt. Now, less young adults are applying to colleges. In the 1970s, the average annual tuition was $358 for a public four-year institution. The baby-boomer generation had no trouble finding a job post-graduation and pay off any of their small college debts. Back then, the promise of a future was guaranteed as long as an individual earned a college degree. The same mentality was passed onto their children, but there were different results. The challenges that Millennials face are so different than their parent’s experience that their parents have no advice on how to maneuver adulthood. State Universities notorious for being affordable are even leaving students and parents alike dismayed. Meanwhile, schools are profiting like thieves. They leave an impression that the more expensive their tuition is, the better the education their students will be obtaining. Though it is convincing, it simply is not the case. Unfortunately, employers are more likely to hire the candidate who went to a “better” school (AKA higher tuition) than a student who didn’t. Essentially, people go to college nowadays to get a piece of paper that costs an atrocious amount of money. High tuitions couldn’t come at a worse time. The unemployment rate has been on the rise for the past decade and it is difficult to find a job, even with a degree. Many adults have resorted to going back to school for their masters or even a PhD. Only then is it slightly easier to find a job. For low-income families who do send their children off to college, they have to anticipate the consequences. Yes- in this day and age, people have to see going to college as a consequence more than an opportunity. Attending a four-year college can leave a student up to $400,000+ in debt if they do not have any resources to help them. Pell grants and scholarships are not a guarantee and usually they cover a small percentage of the annual tuition. Following graduation, most of the jobs available to students offer an extremely low salary, sometimes only minimum wage. It’s common for students to spend the rest of their lives paying off their student loans. Because of the difficulties college students face, many young adults opt out of attending college. Instead, they go to trade school or find a minimum wage job. The mentality is why wait to get a job after college and pay off debt for ten to twenty years when you can start out with the same type of job debt-free? There is no guidebook of how to survive adulthood, especially since there are not enough jobs to guarantee success. It’s an extremely challenging time to be young in America. Navigating to success is a guessing game that requires luck. When there is a low employment rate, college needs to be affordable. The fiscal system makes the poor stay poor and the rich get richer. This standard is not sustainable for a democracy. Furthermore, if each American can have a college experience, more fields of work and business will be created, enabling more jobs.