if being middle-class means being able to prepare your children (plural!) for a four-year college, means being “well-off enough to give them an education,” that means having hundreds of thousands of dollars at your disposal.
Thanks to Title IX , good genes, and good coaching, our female athletes have a chance at a high-quality college education without paying for it the rest of their lives.
I’m standing in Trader Joe’s, contemplating a container of chicken broth. It’s $1.99. I put it back. After I’ve checked out, I tell my roommates, who are grocery shopping with me, that I’m going to run next door to Foods 4 Less. I’ve actually never shopped there before, but I suspect its chicken broth is cheaper—and I’m right, It’s only $1.68.
I’m a rising sophomore at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, which has an approximate yearly price tag of around $24,800. That, along with its good reputation, was why I decided to attend Cal Poly instead of an exotic, $60K-a-year-with-no-aid-package East Coast private school I had envisioned for myself since sixth grade.
Marian Wang at ProPublica has a telling interview with the former president of Miami University, James Garland. More commonly known as Miami of Ohio, Miami University is a public university that, according to Garland, is “public in name only.” He describes the strategy they undertook to weather the economic downturn on a diminishing state budget, and the regrets he has in retrospect, despite the success of their efforts.
Margaret: I’m 29, I work in the communications department at a nonprofit, and I live in Brooklyn/work in Manhattan.
Michelle: I’m 26, a senior corporate tax accountant, and I live in Rockland County in N.Y.
Grant: I’m 28, live in Chicago, Ill. My fiancé and I just moved to a neighborhood called Logan Square last weekend. I am a photographer.
Beverly: I’m a 24-year-old publicist working in New York City. My official title is “Senior Account Executive.” I earn $44,000 a year, but that’s very recent (within the past month).