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Rising Tuition

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As a child I dreamed to go to college as did many other children. I would dream about going to college and then becoming some type of doctor, lawyer, firefighter, police officer, or some other professional. Going to college was something that seemed to be a part of life as a child.  Family, teachers, church members and others told me that if I wanted to go to college I could. Over into my high school years it became apparent that it’s not as easy as it seemed in younger years to attend college. As I searched for which colleges I would like to go to, the first thing in which popped into my head was cost. As I searched for colleges I became aware of the fact that many colleges had out of state fees, in which it increased cost to attend a college. That knocked some colleges out of the picture. It became apparent that if I stayed in state I would receive more financial aid from the state. Scholarships like the Michigan Promise, was one that I knew I would need, so I decided to aim for an in-state university. The college I came to chose was Wayne State University. Being not able to pay for college I turned to financial aid.  In doing my financial aid, the school implied I would need a little over $19,000 for my 2009-2010 freshman years. After financial aid covered a portion I was left to take the rest out in loans, which was more than what financial aid covered. Taking out loans is tough especially when the unemployment rate is high. As fate would have it we are in a time of recession, with tuition increases on a rise. Raising tuition in the economy we are in now, results in increased debt, transfers, and dropout rates, and is untimely a very bad idea.

Jay Noren president of Wayne State University stated “studies have shown that the single greatest cause of tuition increase among America’s public institutions is a need to replace shrinking state appropriations” (Noren, Para. 3). While numbers due show state appropriations shrinking, there are other answers besides raising tuition. It doesn’t seem as if they looked for other options besides raising tuition. They don’t state any other options that they have looked at. First of all they are not taking heed to the fact that if this increase keeps occurring, people will not be able to afford college.  If we as students can’t afford tuition than the college itself won’t survive. In fact in Noren address he says that “the board and I are aware that in a recession, even families that are relatively secure economically may find it difficult to pay university cost” (Para. 4). The board and he are aware of the fact that we as a country are in difficult times but yet they still think the best thing to do is raise tuition. Another thing he does is bring into play that the “state appropriation for Wayne State declined nearly $79 million when adjusted for inflation”, and no other Michigan university had suffered a drastic reduction as did Wayne (Para. 3). With this statement they try to make it okay for Wayne State to raise tuition, because we have received far less a reduction than any other school. I understand that the appropriation has declined but what happens when it declines more? Are there going to be more tuition increasing? Their solution will be to raise tuition as they have done in recent years. If they are aware that even families whom are economically secure may find it difficult to afford college, than how do they expect those who are not secure to afford college. Some families can barely provide clothes, food, and other necessities let alone be able to afford college, especially when they are rising. The board and president are aware of the recession that we are living in and yet things continue to increase. They aren’t thinking about the fact there is a great majority of lower income who attend Wayne.

For the last past years growth in tuition have caused students to look elsewhere to pay for college. In particular the 2007 average increases for tuition and fee for four-year public colleges rose 6.6 percent, and caused more students to borrow (Associated Press, Para. 1). In addition, this increase outstripped increase in financial aid and therefore it pushed more students to borrow (Para. 1). Even back in 2007 college’s tuition was growing and it continues to this day. The prices at two-year colleges rose 4.2 percent (Para. 5). In spite of the increases "A companion report released on trends in student aid shows that over the last decade, increases in grant aid — money students don't have to pay back — have covered only about one-third of the increases in private college tuition and half the increases at public four-year schools", (Para.6). This show the lack of aid students are receiving. So students are hit with both more money to pay for school and less help from the government. Another thing  The Associated Press article discuss that students are footing more and more of the bill with private loans from banks and student loan companies (para.7). Borrowing loans is an even tougher task to take on. It's even harder when student can't borrow loans.  Some students can’t take out loans, and that by itself is another burden. Not many students get financial aid and pay for school by their self, but working at restaurants and other minimum wage jobs is not enough. The fact that undergraduate private borrowing grew 12 percent to $14.5 billion in 2006-2007 is bizarre. There's not enough financial aid and so we as students are left with having to go borrow the money. It's not getting easier to attend college but harder.

            For many colleges and universities tuition has gone up. For example, Wayne State University 2009-2010 school year tuition rose. However, at Wayne tuition for Michigan-resident undergraduates rose 4.8 percent (Noren). Not only did it go up for my freshman year, going into my sophomore year(2010-2011) there was an increase in both my tuition and room and board at Wayne State. So combined my relative need for school was a little over $20,000 for 2010-2011 school years. For this very reason my sophomore year will be my last year staying on campus. It is getting very expensive to attend school, and have a place to stay on campus.” Cant’ afford for tuition to continue to rise as can’t many other students. Then there’s the University of Michigan  whose estimated budget includes tuition, room, and board, books and others for the 2010-2011 Fall/Winter comes out to equal  $23,721 for a Michigan resident freshman/sophomore, and then increases for juniors/seniors, and graduates(U of M, Chart 1). The estimated budget gets even more outrageous with the tuition being $34,937 by itself for an out of state freshman/sophomore (U of M, Chart 1). Tuition is also rising outside of Michigan. For 2009-2010 tuition for Philadelphia University is $27, 428 and that doesn’t include room and board (Philadelphia University, Section 1). For University of Tampa an average cost for full-time undergraduates for 2010/2011 $31,808(University of Tampa, Chart 2). I was interested in both Philadelphia and Tampa but after viewing the cost I knew it was off limits to attend.  I’m not able to afford those two schools due to their high tuition.

The rising tuition affects both those who are secure and those who aren’t secure economically. With tuition rising more and more students aren't going to be able to attend college. This affects those students who are from low income families, as well as those from middle income. Those who had that dream of going to college and becoming great are affected.  People of all races are affected.  So if families who are secure struggle to pay for colleges those of us who aren’t will struggle even greatly.  As I was talking to a peer whose family is of middle class, about the tuition she said that since her parents haven't been doing too well because of the economy it’s hard to pay for college, and that the government expects her family to be able to pay. My peer said she couldn't even get a loan. If there's no way to pay for the part the government doesn't, then some can't attend school. The outcome of tuition escalating will be the loss of students. Furthermore more and more careers will have openings because many will not be able to afford to further their education. If a person wants to become a doctor, lawyer or many other professional they can’t achieve that by attending a trade school.  With more and more students choosing other options than college this it doesn’t help the economy. With the economy in a bad situation it hinders the student chances even more.

Michigan.gov reported that unemployment rates were done 14.1 percent in 2010. So the unemployment rates are done and tuition continues to be on a rise. When students graduate from college they become more in debt due to the fact that there aren’t a lot of jobs. With no job, than paying off loans becomes a problem causing more debt than a graduating student can afford. Going to college to be able to get a job or make a career is the reason we attend, but after graduating and having trouble finding work seems to be a waste. Now as a college student and someone who plans to attend medical school becoming for example $23,000 in debt is something I don’t want to happen. The feeling of being in debt is stressful, and then not being able to find a job though you have a degree is even more stressful. Stress is something that is not good, and well escalating tuition causes this. It’s even more stressful when tuitions are in the $20,000 range and only includes that.

Tuitions are costly and many don’t include books, supplies or room and board. So we have to pay all this money for tuition alone, and then have to spend hundreds more for books and room and board. Some books are expensive, and cost hundreds alone. I spent $200 on one book. I also spent $65 on one book I used one tome for a class. When you go sell your books back you don’t get really nothing back. Then there is paying for room and board that’s insane. Some of the dorms and resident halls do not be worth as much as they make us pay. Some of them are a little bigger than a closet. The prices are outrageous, and are a big rip off.  Not only are tuition increasing but room and board as well.

        Rising tuition is not helping us students and our family, so therefore it is a bad idea. It’s hurting us more by putting us in debt. They say the reason for raising tuition is because of appropriations, but there are other options. There isn’t much money given through financial aid, so it is being borrowed. It has to be taken into consideration that many families can’t afford the increase, and some can barely afford the price before it rose. This may makeup what the state isn’t providing to the school, but it sure isn't doing the students any justice. It makes no sense to raise tuition at a time when many families are unemployed.


Work Cited

Noren, Jay. “2009-2010 Tuition”, April 13, 2010, http://president.wayne.edu/announcement-2009-tuition.php

Associated Press, “College Tuition Still Rising” October 22, 2007, http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/21420361#storyContinued

University Of Michigan, “Estimated Student Budgets” http://www.finaid.umich.edu/financial_aid_basics/cost.asp

Philadelphia University, Tuition and Fees 2009-2010,  http://www.philau.edu/admissions/tuition&fees.htm

University Of Tampa, Tuition and Cost, http://www.ut.edu/tuition/









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