Final examinations, large classroom sizes and research papers plague college students while they matriculate through school, but a new worry for students to face will be the raise in tuition fees.
Because of less money awarded to state universities through state funding, certain states have decided to hike fees, with some increasing in the double digits.
In Florida the Board of Governors has decided that a five percent increase is justified. This increase comes into effect next spring semester.
As if students don’t have enough to worry about, they now have to think about getting more money to pay for their classes. Does the government think that money grows on college campus trees?
In an article written in USAToday, Patrick Callan, president of the National Center for Public Policy and Higher Education in San Jose, Calif., noted that there is a painful irony in university budgeting: The steepest tuition increases of the past 20 years have occurred during recessions, when family incomes are declining or flat and unemployment is up.
Callan’s comments should be noted by the government because if college students’ parents or families are having financial woes, who are the students expected to turn to for financial help other than the one, two or three jobs some students have? And most people know that taking out loans can be a dangerous thing.
American government listen up, “Students cannot afford to pay for this tuition hike! The reason we are in college is to make more money and better our lives.”
College students are aware that the price of education has to increase, but please, give us a break.
We won’t be getting much of a break from taxes when we hit the ‘real world’ anyway.
Katrelle Simmons for the Editorial Board.