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College tuition out of control

EDITOR:

College tuition is out of control. Since 2000, the cost of a higher education has doubled. Today, two-thirds of students need financial aid. This is not a new issue, but the key to fixing the rising tuition is to ask questions. Why the rates are out of control? What we can do about it?

College campuses hire more staff so that they have the best student to teacher ratio and those teachers’ salaries and benefits are increasing faster than inflation. However, only 28 percent of public institution spending goes to instruction. So where is all the money really going?

College campuses are very competitive; they hike up tuition so they can have the nicest campus with a huge gym or most expensive dining hall in order to attract students.

We need to put pressure on schools to reduce staff, but more importantly not to spend the student’s tuition on lavishing the school. If we can’t afford to send our youth to college, where does that leave us?

Carney Marino
Oak Ridge High School student

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Posted by on Mar 31 2013.
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