Would you walk into Old Navy and ask how little you can buy with $100?
That’s what many students do when they think about going to college. Mental energy and time are not considered as much as money. They adopt a “hoop-jumping” approach. “Show me how little time and effort I can spend to get this degree” results in not getting their money’s worth. Education is sold as a product but is more about a process of investment.
The commercialization of college has stolen this reality. Getting a degree quickly with little effort is marketed. Fear that students will believe glib statements that college is not worth the time and money have led at times to minimizing demands. The world though emphasizes college study now more than ever.
The rampant sale of fake diplomas and term paper mills reveals how far this delusion has grown. Some students actually think the paper document is all they really need. Or they focus on walking the stage even though they haven’t really graduated. Even worse, some employers don’t even check for false claims. For these students, it is baffling that Dave Thomas, Wendy’s founder with a net worth of $99 million, would go back to school at 61.
(Hint: Read on to find out how adults and their children can get free college, and it’s not the Pell Grant or a sports scholarship.)