Since I did not find a clear solution where a college can reduce the cost of higher education while maintaining the same university experience for their students, I came up with the idea of having college institutions implement a course that can be based on students earning scholarships. The course would consist of giving students grades on completing and applying for scholarships. Especially, since many scholarships have essay requirements, this class can be considered a writing class. Professors can grade and critique students on the essays they submit. This is basically killing two birds with one stone, because many institutions have been wanting to find alternative ways to improve students' writing skills.
In my opinion, I never appreciated doing the writing assignments I was given in my English class. I did not feel like what I wrote ever really meant anything besides earning a grade for it. Therefore, I believe that if students were given grades on submitting and completing scholarship essays, then they would have a real incentive and purpose in their own writing. Many students do not take advantage of all the opportunities and scholarships, because they do not know about them, they do not know how to apply for them, or they give up when they see that it has an essay component. So, I feel like having a course like this will combat those thoughts, benefit students in financing their own college tuition, and enhance their own writing ability.
Another thought is to take a step deeper into this idea by possibly having a course like this in high schools. If students have help on their scholarship applications earlier, then they will have a head start in earning money to finance their desired college. This would motivate students to aim and attend their dream school, because they will no longer think about being limited by any financial constraints.