Increasing College Tuition Essay

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Over the past few decades the cost of tuition has skyrocketed and turned into something that parents and students all across the nation fear to pay every year due to the fact that it is so expensive. “According to the U.S. Department of Education, the average annual tuition, fees and room and board at a public college or university in 1964-65 — the first year for which there’s data — was $6,592, in 2011 dollars. By 2010-2011, that had increased to $13,297 -- a 101.7 percent increase. The increase for private schools was even more dramatic. Average tuition, fees and room and board in 1964-65 was $13,233 a year; in 2010-2011, it was $31,395, an 137.2 percent increase (Mathews, 2013).” This 101.7 just goes to show you that tuition is way …show more content…
Perversely, the powers that be at community colleges have been cutting what they spend on students, and then making those students pay even more for a cheaper-to-produce product. At public master’s and bachelor’s schools — that is, public institutions that offer traditional four-year curricula but aren’t research schools — spending has been basically stagnant over the past decade. What’s more, most years in the 2000s actually saw spending decline relative to 2000, not increase, even though tuition rose. The problem at these schools is not out of control spending. The issue is that the schools’ are getting money they used to get from the government from students, which makes the product more expensive to families even though overall costs are unchanged -- or, in the case of community colleges, lower (Matthews, 2013).” So when the states cut the schools funding the cost directly translate to the students increase in tuition so they can make up the loss. Another reason for tuition increase is the way Universities are spending. Spending is increasing, and so is tuition, but the tuition increases can’t keep pace with the new spending, and it’s happening at research universities, both public and private. Between 2000 and 2010, the average net tuition — that is, the tuition actually paid after financial aid is taken into consideration — at public research universities (the second biggest

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