At New York University, the cost of attendance for undergraduates is around $70,000 per year. That’s a total of $280,000 for every undergraduate that graduates in four years. NYU is also not gated; it owns property from Brooklyn to 34th Street in Manhattan. The university itself is constantly expanding; they built a new gym after closing down a gym on campus. What I don’t understand is this; if NYU can afford to build a new gym, with new equipment and a supposedly better air conditioning unit, why can’t they invest in longer-term counseling options?
After ten counseling sessions at NYU, you are directed to other places to receive longer-term help, but it costs money. Some people don’t have insurance or only have school insurance that doesn’t allow for them to get help. Others, like me, have the insurance but simply cannot afford it because while it would be beneficial, they do not have the funds to do so. Even though some students have jobs and save money, it’s very hard to do when New York City is expensive to live in as is, without caring for mental health.
When NYU students graduate, they leave with an estimated $23,000 in student loan debt. NYU is stressful enough as is with schoolwork, the aforementioned debt, extracurricular activities, maintaining a social life, keeping in touch with your family, taking care of yourself as best you can, and any other life issues. The least NYU can do is take care of its “investment,” treat students like humans, and get them some decent long-term help. If they can afford to build a new gym, they can afford to offer better long-term counseling options.
-- Ricardo Canelo