A growing number of parents are choosing to send their children to private schools instead of public colleges, after they found that tuition was cheaper.
However, parents who choose to send students to private colleges have found that the education provided is often lower quality and that many parents are frustrated that their children will not receive a quality education, said the American College Health Association’s Sara Caudill, the group’s senior vice president for public policy and education.
Parents and families have also expressed frustration over the state’s lack of funding for college.
“We have a system that is based on meritocracy and it is based not on achievement but on ability,” Caudell told Business Insider.
“And the quality of the education is not getting better.
I’m tired of having to worry about the quality when I can focus on having my kids be successful.”
A growing body of research suggests that college is an investment, with higher quality education more likely to lead to a better life for a student, according to a 2015 report by the Council of Graduate Schools.
But the quality and quality of college experience are not the same, said Dr. Elizabeth S. Miller, a professor of education at Harvard University and author of the book “The New College Promise: Why It Matters.”
“In general, there is a lack of information about what college is and what it can offer, and there is little knowledge about what it does not offer,” Miller said.
“This means that the quality is often poor, or worse, depending on the institution.”
According to Miller, parents need to understand that they will be paying for the education of their children.
“If you’re going to have a child who will not have access to college, then you don’t want to pay for the child’s education,” Miller told Business Insights.
“That’s where we can be really smart about what we’re paying for.”
The National College Board’s report found that while parents were spending more on college, they were spending less on it than in the previous decade.
The report found parents were paying $1,500 more for each child than they were paying for their children in 2007.
Miller said it’s important for parents to understand how much they are contributing to their child’s future, not just their own.
“I think the parents should be paying,” Miller added.
“You’re paying to educate your child.
And that is something that is not really a matter of cost.”