Does Free Equal Motivation?

A few weeks ago, media was all-a-buzz about President Obama’s “free community college” idea mentioned in his State of the Union address. Does it sound too good to be true? Let’s disect a little.

Doing a bit more reading on this idea, the U.S. News & World Report stated the following… According to the White House budget document, you’d have to be at least a half-time student with a B average whose family makes less than $200,000 a year. And the tuition would be free only for two years. That suggests that students would still have to fill out onerous financial aid forms. And many part-timers would still be ineligible.

Students, do you REALLY know what it takes to maintain a ‘B’ average in college? Only 36% of the first years students at the university where we work have a ‘B’ or better grade point average (GPA) at the end of their first term. Nearly 17% are on academic probation for having an average GPA of ‘C-‘ or lower! So, what is free tuition really about? It’s about academic motivation!

In addition to, or rather, excluding free money, what would motivate you to achieve, not strive for, but to actually earn, a ‘B’ or better average, in all your college coursework? Are/were you a 3.0 GPA student in high school? Do you think college is/will be easier than high school? The things other than free money, need to be your true motivators! Then, effective time management, dedication to studying, and knowing how to study, are the only things that will help you (a student) earn the 3.0+ GPA.

It’s our hope you are motivated by your own self, not just by money! No one is handing out free money once you’ve graduated! (Well, maybe your Grandma, but that’s wishful thinking too!)

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