College dreams on hold?

ABC News’ Terry Moran reports on students rethinking fall college plans amid the pandemic.
4:56 | 05/02/20

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A turnaround to college Decision Day and how this pandemic has changed the equation for families across America the virus eroding the college dreams for many. So young people are now turning to plan B won't go higher education look like on the other side of this pandemic. ABC's Terry Moran has that story. C a man he. Schools are Wheeling Illinois at Chicago and she's currently. It. Stayed. That way. And happy. Wants to work. On. Blood from. She's she's optimistic by nature and sees that and act as. Should. I rating wanted to the kidney and diary apply weight before this whole. Carano buyers started. It has made me want to do more and get certified Boris like typical out there and. Harris choice is one story across the country. The math is changing dramatically for the hundreds of thousands of high schoolers who are deciding on their next steps in the shadow of the corona. Well iron. Patient changed you bet. We believe that the number of college students enrolled that all will decline by fifteen to 20%. Nation why. It was always a logical even socially mandated choice for so many of them but now. As family struggle with job losses and pay cuts and the massive debt loads that many American college grads Kerry for years loomed ever larger. An old question has a sharper edge is college worth it it feels. Very very very unlikely that I'll be going to a four year college is to raising considered going to Roosevelt university in Chicago. He was looking at broadcasting but then the virus hit and his perspective shift I was teetering in the middle at that point. And this kind of just put it damper and it at least further for the near future. M you know again. On the school that I had been accepted to four. It's a lot of money and most American students go when did debt to pay for college 69%. Of college students in the class of 2019. Took out student loans and they graduated with an average debt of 29900. Dollars the hope. The gamble is that college pays in the long run according to the College Board the median earnings of American to graduate from college with a bachelor's degree are almost 25000 dollars higher than those of high school graduates but for some like Chris. The future is too uncertain right now so today is. Is Decision Day for. Your age in America. How would echo what decision are you making. So I'm fortunate enough to have my job. And calmed. In the off chance that IAE. Go to college. I don't wanna risk not having that job at least for right now because it just seems like you know I'm lucky to have it Wally due Chris. Works at Walgreens he's a front line essential worker in the pandemic not long ago people and those jobs called unskilled or low skilled workers. We're looking at things and were looking at people differently now. Chris isn't sure even if he chose count and paid the money he even beyond campus. Gates doesn't seem like for a long time it's there's going to be an environment even to go to school. You know if we want to have to start out school on line. In the first place it doesn't feel like it's going to be worth said at least right now all these questions are very real but the draw about college education is still very powerful. Rat Ing Ben. We need them to go to college they are our hope for the future we need them to be inept at ornaments and science is we're in all. The next great crisis that comes our way and that certainly -- happen. But before your route isn't for everyone you're young music cosmetology student and her focus when this pandemic and may sound simpler. But it's still important. More than anything I think it's going to be an honor to just be able to give life you know and be able to. Give people confidence in the esteem it a lot on Hitler going direct kind of basically morning increasing Terry Moran. ABC news Washington. So Manning with a serious dilemma our thanks to Terry Moran for that report.

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