When are you going to be able to read an essay without having to pay a writer’s fee?
Posted On July 6, 2021
Posted July 22, 2018 08:48:56 The average student at a four-year college has a minimum of about $5,000 to spend per year on college essay materials, according to a new survey by the Institute for College Access & Success.
The survey, conducted by the College Board and the University of Michigan, found that more than half of students surveyed — 54 percent — say they would pay an essay writer’s fees, compared to 32 percent who would pay for materials.
And students who said they wouldn’t pay for a college essay said they would do so if the fee was “fair and reasonable.”
More than half the respondents said they were more likely to pay for essays if the essay was written by someone with a more liberal, progressive or pro-gay perspective than a conservative, conservative, or traditionalist viewpoint.
In other words, some people say, “I can’t pay you to write an essay,” but they’re also saying, “That’s not fair, and that’s not reasonable,” said Lauren Leblanc, a senior research associate at the institute who co-authored the survey.
The institute’s survey found that 40 percent of students said they expected to pay the writer’s dues if they had to pay $2,500 a year for college essay writing.
A survey of college students in 2015 found that 70 percent of the surveyed students said the same thing.
That doesn’t mean colleges will stop offering their students writing resources.
Some colleges have begun offering more liberal writing courses and programs, such as a course in writing and performance, as part of a more inclusive curriculum.
And colleges are also looking to change their policies to accommodate more students’ viewpoints, said Susan Tuchman, executive director of the Institute For College Access and Success.
“This is a very important moment in the evolution of the way we think about how students should think about writing,” she said.
Tuchman said that in the future, colleges should also work to ensure that their college student-written materials reflect the diversity of their student body, with resources tailored to students’ abilities and interests.
More on college essays:The Institute for Education Reform and the College Access Network (CAPN) are partnering on a new research report to inform the way colleges think about their student-created essays.
The CAPN is the nation’s leading advocacy group for higher education students.
The new CAPN research paper, “The College Writing Problem,” comes as the college essay crisis is coming to a head.
CAPN has launched an online petition, “Save College Essays.”
In the petition, students from across the country are asking colleges to stop charging fees for college essays, which would cost them much more money.