Local private universities such as Santa Clara University cost $60K a year and require $3.52 GPA and 1800 SAT.
Most UCs are looking for 4.0 PA students and cost $30K a year.
My husband and I are both engineers, so consider ourselves middle class. How can we fund our 2 kids' education?
Just 4 year college costs for both kids at today's average cost of $60K/year will add up to roughly $500K.
We do not have that much money and I do not want my kids to get knee deep in debt by the time they finish college.
I feel that middle class kids are at a huge disadvantage - they will not qualify for scholarships and financial aide and will be burdened with debt.
Another concern is ever rising admission requirements. If your kid is just average B student, not an athlete, not a legacy student, UC schools will not accept him or her.
Average student from middle class family is in the worst position - no chance for UC, no chance for financial aid....
As for community colleges - I was told that it's better to be placed sooner into an academic environment, where chances of being surrounded by people who can inspire and bring up the best in you are higher than in community colleges, where competition is quite brutal too to get accepted into the UC system and average students get "stuck".