Secure Your Future…of Financial Burden

Viral Video for ENGL 483, Millersville University

This video is meant to highlight the differences in paying for college back in the 1980s versus now in the 2010s. Allie (played by Allie Taylor) is the perception of a college student in the 80s. Her problems, finances, and outlook on life all reflect those college students would’ve had in the 80s. On the contrary, Christel (played by Christel Booths) shows the struggle and animosity college students have when it comes to paying for college and having student loan debt.


0:27 CollegeData. “What’s the Price Tag for a College Education?” CollegeData. National Association for College Admission Counseling, 2016. Web. 23 Nov. 2016.

2:00 Kingkade, Tyler. “College Textbook Prices Increasing Faster Than Tuition And Inflation.” Huffington Post. Huffington Post, 23 Jan. 2014. Web. 20 Nov. 2016.

2:41 Snyder, Michael. “16 Shocking Facts About Student Debt And The Great College Education Scam.” Business Insider. Business Insider, Inc, 26 Dec. 2010. Web. 20 Nov. 2016.

3:41(1980 tuition average) National Center for Education Statistics. “Average Undergraduate Tuition and Fees and Room and Board Rates Charged for Full-time Students in Degree-granting Institutions.” Digest of Education Statistics. National Center for Education Statistics, 2007. Web. 20 Nov. 2016.

3:52 College tuition averaged out after looking at multiple schools (private, public, in-state, out-of-state) and averaged together. College tuition itself now can range anywhere from ,000 (like Millersville University) and go anywhere up to 30, 40 or even 50 thousand per year.

4:00 United States Department of Labor. “History of Federal Minimum Wage Rates Under the Fair Labor Standards Act.” Wage and Hour Division. United States Department of Labor, 2016. Web. 20 Nov. 2016.

A person living in the 80s making minimum wage (in 1981, it was .35/hour) could work 40 hours for 12 weeks and make roughly 1,000, covering a year’s tuition or at least a semester’s tuition.

4:36 State support in 1987 – 56.6% and State support in 2012 – 34.4% for Millersville University

Department of Education’s Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System. “25 Years of Declining State Support for Public Colleges.” The Chronicle of Higher Education. The Chronicle of Higher Education, 02 Mar. 2014. Web. 20 Nov. 2016.

“23 percent of higher education revenue was from tuition—by 2010, it had climbed to 40 percent.”

Demos. “Average Tuition & Fees by Institution Type.” Demos. The State of Young America: The Databook, 2016. Web. 20 Nov. 2016.

5:30 Kantrowitz, Mark. “Why the Student Loan Crisis Is Even Worse Than People Think.” College News and Advice. Time, 11 Jan. 2016. Web. 20 Nov. 2016.

6:05 Kingkade, Tyler. “Paying Off ,500 In Debt In Two Years: How Brian McBride Did It.” The Huffington Post., 09 Jan. 2013. Web. 20 Nov. 2016.

6:45 Mayotte, Betsy. “Debunking the Student Loan Bankruptcy Myth.” Education. U.S. News, 13 Aug. 2014. Web. 20 Nov. 2016.

7:18 National Priorities Project. “Federal Spending: Where Does the Money Go.” National Priorities Project. N.p., 2016. Web. 22 Nov. 2016.

7:30 Sehgal, Ujala, and Robert Johnson. “15 Facts About Military Spending That Will Make Your Head Explode.” Business Insider. Business Insider – Australia, 12 Nov. 2010. Web. 22 Nov. 2016.

7:49 Zarroli, Jim. “How Bernie Sanders’ Wall Street Tax Would Work.” NPR. NPR, 12 Feb. 2016. Web. 22 Nov. 2016.


80s by Chill Carrier
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