Do you know a high schooler who is applying to college? Are you applying to college? Do you hate your alma mater and you can't put your finger on why? Well, you need to read this book.
Even though I went to college a hundred of years ago, No Sucker Left Behind: Avoiding the Great College Rip-Off was a real education. It was an education on how my beloved college ripped me off and continues to rip off students every year. Had I known about some of the scams that colleges engage in to rip college students off, I may have broadened the scope of this blog. I actually was so focused on the big Law School Scam, that I had not thought about colleges and their lies that much at all.
After reading this book, I realized that I had witnessed several of the scams first hand.
1. Bait and Switch Scholarship: The first year that I attended FYU (Fuck You University), I was given a scholarship based on ... hell, I didn't know. I had good grades in high school, so I assumed it was based on merit. I filled out a FAFSA, and I got a scholarship. At the end of first year, I filled out another FAFSA. I had a 4.0 (all of college actually)--so I assumed I would get the same financial package, but the scholarship was gone--POOF. It was gone. I asked about it and I was told that it just wasn't available to me anymore. Classic bait and switch. Give the freshman a great financial aid packages and pull out the rug from under them and they are stuck. What are they going to do, transfer?
2. FYU had an average sports team. One year, the school made it to finals or playoffs or whatever they are called, and the next year, tuition went up by 20%. As it turns out, the reason why schools give a shit about their sports team is NOT school spirit. Rather, it's the greatest marketing tool ever. If the team is doing great, then you can justify a hike in tuition. Oh yah, alumna love to donate money to their schools when the sports team is doing well.
3. Did you ever wonder why vital classes were offered only once a year, and not in the summer? Why can't organic chemistry be offered every semester when it's the prerequisite to so many majors? It's not JUST because the professors are lazy shits. It's also because, if you don't fix your schedule perfectly, you're forced to enroll for one additional semester. I was wondering why so many people graduate from college in 5 years, rather than 4. That's why!
These are just three of the scams that I found out about by reading No Sucker Left Behind. It was a really enlightening book. It's a must read for high school seniors!
So, here's the contest: Think about college long and hard and write a blurb, in the comments, about how your college scammed you. Be creative. Or, if you can't think of a scam that applies to you specifically, just write about a college scam that you have identified. If you become a follower of this Blog, then I will give extra consideration to your story. If you don't feel comfortable telling me about your scam in the comments, then please email me your story and I will post it without your name--if you're the winner. If I select your scam, I will post it and send you the book. No restrictions on the age or location of the winner. Anyone can enter. Oh yah, no need to name your college.
I will select a winner on July 30, 2010. Good luck!