Millennials and various other bitter young people are slamming a program promoted by NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt that allows “senior citizens” to take classes for the low low price of $10 per college credit. The program, happening now at the University of Minnesota, allows Baby Boomers “to study those things we’ve spent a lifetime being curious about.”
The younger people who are currently buried under a pile of $1.5 trillion in student loan debt and paying an average of $594 per college credit have some things that they’re curious about, too.
So, no student loan debt for these folks who could really afford to pay the real cost?
— Dave "public land owner"🌲🦅🦌 (@dcarrots) June 10, 2019
Unfortunately, 29 percent of people over the age of 55 currently have no retirement savings or plan, so it’s not exactly fair to say that all Baby Boomers could afford the standard current cost of a college education. It might be fair to say that they’re not the ones who could make use of it at this point in their lives, and it’s definitely fair to say that no one should have to pay $594 per credit for what is increasingly being seen as basic education.
But if you have to limit the number of people who get the $10 per credit price, maybe offer it to some of the many kids desperately hoping to claw their way out of poverty or who are looking to get a degree in a profession experiencing a shortage in the U.S.? We’re staring down the barrel of a doctor shortage right now, just saying.
But also, you can’t really blame the people currently loaded with student debt for being a little annoyed that once again, it’s Baby Boomers getting a break.
this is a good joke and it’s funny because the generation that has saddled the next generation with crippling debt gets to go to college for funsies for basically free https://t.co/55wDEz00cE
— Greg Tepper (@Tepper) June 11, 2019
— Christopher Ingraham (@_cingraham) June 11, 2019
Cancel all student debt right fucking now https://t.co/543VvwwFqp
— Joseph Fink, 👻🎃healthcare is a human right🎃👻 (@PlanetofFinks) June 11, 2019
Baby Boomers. Soaking up the free college since 1962. https://t.co/GLQmI1nZmA
— LOLGOP (@LOLGOP) June 11, 2019
1.4 trillion in student loan debt. The average grad needs 21 YEARS to pay off their loans. Text books alone can cost into the thousands over a four year degree.
But sure, let grandpa take "Intro to Email" for less than the cost of a pack of pens. 🙄
— EJ Gibney (@EJGibney) June 11, 2019
Boomers love participation trophies.
— Unhand her, Dan Backslide (@DanMoffTarkin) June 11, 2019
Gee whiz I hope that computer science degree really turns your life around!
— Matt Rooney (@MrMattRooney) June 10, 2019
Wait. These bootstrapping, I did it myselfers are getting to take classes for the price of two shitty lattes… and probably still complain that the reason current students are in debt is avocado toast and participation trophies.
— petty davis cranberry sighs (@SL8Rgirl) June 11, 2019
This damn generation somehow weaseled their way to affordable college education twice during a lifetime while current college students sell blood plasma to buy books. Smh
— Kelvin Parnell Jr (@K_ParnellJr) June 11, 2019
This is a slap in the face to anyone with student debt
— Eggsngaming (@Eggsngaming) June 11, 2019
Wait a second. We could do this for…**checks notes**…everyone.
— Jay Barbuto (@JayBarbuto) June 11, 2019
You’re welcome in my courses, baby boomers, but I’m just going to force you to read a lot of Marx.
— Boulot Dodo (@Boulot_Dodo) June 11, 2019
I do enjoy all the Boomers standing up to this and saying "No thank you. This is socialism."
— Dave the Fluffy Bunny (@DFluffybunny) June 11, 2019
Someone could get my degree for ~2.22% of what I paid for mine. Like, good for them…. but this angers me. Do something for the generation struggling with 50k+ debt.
— 💙Jules💚 (@CaffintedDragon) June 11, 2019
Cool so the same generation that could actually pay for college by working one part time job now gets to go back to school for the price of a meal!!! pic.twitter.com/cxEXdZ61R1
— coffee hag (@megvondriska) June 11, 2019
Contrary to how you chose to frame it, this isn't heartwarming. It's a bid ole middle finger to every young person in the country who goes into unpayable amounts of debt for taking those same classes.
— Steve (@StevesaNiceBoy) June 11, 2019
Oh yea but this is a ridiculous idea for our youth
— Brian Johnson (@SebastianMcGigs) June 10, 2019
They got cheap college once, so how about a second time pic.twitter.com/zXjMKMK7dr
— Brodie Ferguson (@brodieferguson) June 11, 2019
Millennials and Gen Z: pic.twitter.com/ReHeBIgSsN
— Kendall Brown (@kendallybrown) June 11, 2019
At least the rest of us can take advantage of this program in 30 or 40 years, while still working because we won’t be able to retire, if society hasn’t collapsed by then!