School Superintendent Donates His Bonus So Students Can Apply For College

Sep 19th, 2019

College is expensive. Even just applying to get to one of the best universities is something that other students cannot afford. High school seniors need to take care of fees and other costly expenditures.

The cost of college and university tuition increased since 1980. The increase has been a staggering 7.5% on an annual average. This is according to the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics. The consumer price index has also risen by 3.3% a year on an average, during the same timeframe.

This is why through the years, the number of students who stop after graduating high school has risen. The sad fact is that there are plenty of students who cannot proceed to college. Some students are lucky if someone would sponsor even just their application fees.

Applying to schools is both time-consuming and expensive. According to the United States News and World Report, fees average to $43. However, others charge between $70 to $90 each. This might seem a little amount for some people, but other students cannot afford this.

A school superintendent is trying to change the lives of his students. He donated his $10,000 bonus to pay for their college application!

Grant Rivera, the Marietta Public Schools Superintendent, shared with Good Morning America that an idea came to his mind to give back to his students. This was after he received his bonus for meeting the overall satisfactory performance as determined by the school board. He said, “I don’t believe that a bonus provided by the board should be earned on the backs of the teachers.”

Rivera is earning an annual salary of $190, 136. He said that he would cover all of his senior students’ college application fees who are applying for early action or early admission to different colleges. In the early action and admission, the students are applying before the regular decision deadline to indicate their preference for a particular school.

Rivera explained, “I didn’t want senioritis to prompt a kid to miss out on any opportunities.”

In 2018, for a four-year private college, each student has to prepare an average yearly cost of $48, 510 for tuition, other fees, room, and board. This is also the reason why the Democratic presidential candidate, Sen. Bernie Sanders, and Sen. Elizabeth Warren released their plans that aimed at reducing the cost of college in the previous months.

Education is very important. This is why students do their best in high school so that they can attend a good college or university after they graduate. If you have a good education, there is a high chance that you will have a better opportunity to get hired.

However, not everyone will have the chance to have a tertiary education. Lack of funds is one of the major reasons. Lucky are those who can pass some scholarship programs or will be able to find a sponsor. But what is important is they can file their college application. That is the first and one of the most important steps.

Grant Rivera is truly a hero in his special way. Thanks to him, all of his high school senior students will be given a chance to proceed to tertiary education.