Don't get me wrong -- almost everything about Trump and his plans bug me (except that hair). But this is one of the things that will effect me the most. (of course I say what eh "supposedly" plans to do because I honestly don't know how much of any of his plans he will actually follow through with).
Part of his proposed college plan is to give colleges a say about whether or not a student has "loan worthiness." By this, they mean they will asses you by major to see how likely you are to get a job out of college, and how much you are likely to get paid once you are there. Using that information, they will decide how much you are allowed to borrow, and for those who will likely get paid less, you will get much higher interest rates, due to the fact that you are statistically going to be less able to pay the money back. He calls it "having skin in the game," or something to lose.
(If you'd like to read more: http://www.cleveland.com/business/index.ssf/2016/11/5_ways_donald_trump_could_affe.htmlhttps://www.nasfaa.org/2016_presidential_candidates )
I'm a 20-year-old English major (with a concentration in comm. and tech.) and I feel like this has been a long time coming in our society. We've started to glorify STEM and only STEM, and the Humanities are being lumped together and made fun of collectively as "Feminist Dance Therapy" or "Renaissance Art History."
I have a huge amount of respect for STEM majors, and I know they are excruciatingly important to our society as a whole. However, I feel like it's gotten to a point where we are expecting EVERYONE to be in that field, and if you aren't, you are frivolous and silly. You are less important, because you can't wrap your head around physics or calculus. And now, Trump's potential plan pushes this even further, so that you are now a liability if you choose to go into a Humanities field. And this couldn't be more of a scapegoat if you stuck a sombrero on my head and yelled that I was stealing your jobs.
I'm not good at math, and I'm pretty rubbish at hard science like chemistry. But I'm also not an English major just because I wasn't good at those things. I'm an English major because that is the best way for me to reach the career path I want. I want to edit books, magazines, hell, anything I can get my hands on. If you give me a red pen and twenty dollars, I'm on it.
And the work I do is important. The number of people we have in our culture that do not know how to communicate with each other is alarming. I have mechanical engineering and biology major friends who ask me to look over their emails and sensitive texts, to make sure they aren't accidentally offensive before they get sent. I tutor English on campus, and the papers I see can get downright depressing sometimes. But I know beyond a shred of doubt that what I want to do has utility. So to place the worth of my major on how much money I will make (which, I have accepted, will not be a lot) is a huge disservice.
Following this logic, all future educators will have to pay more. All social service workers will be paying more. All librarians, 3D animators, song writers, actors, news anchors, police officers, and journalists will have to pay significantly more over time than STEM majors. And all in the hopes to discourage them from a major that won't pay them enough to repay their student loans quickly. The "Arts" will revert back to being an option only for the rich. And that really limits us as a society.
It's one thing when you actually meet a Feminist Dance Therapy major who is upset that there aren't any jobs out there for them that pay well. But until then, I think it's important to remember that there are important jobs being filled by Humanities majors. And perhaps the solution isn't to tell college students to stop becoming criminologists and actors and therapists and journalists, but to instead find a way to fight the cost of college -- after all, that's the real problem here.
I had several requests for a TL;DR so:
Trump plans to make college more expensive specifically for Humanities majors. OP thinks this is dumb because Humanities majors make up a lot of important jobs in human society, and that this is not the correct solution for the problems we are currently facing.