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.

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.

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!

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*First Published: June 11, 2019, 10:39 am