High costs of higher education

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by Justine Biggott, 4/4/08 • Even more college students today are living off of vending machines and microwave ramen noodles. It’s always been a well known fact that unless you were downright rich you would be poor as a petunia through and well after college. And how horrifying it is to hear that tuition was up 4.1% last year; with a likely trend to continue this year? Why did it only cost 655 dollars in 1977 and 6,185 in 2007 to go to a public college?

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While the average cost of college tuition rose by 110% between 1981 and 2001, median family income rose by only 27% during that period.

How many low income students are getting priced ‘out’ of an education? Why is money being dumped into new stadiums when it could be going towards education to help lower tuition costs? What is being done?

It is mentioned that the state only covers about 46% of public education costs; while Pawlenty intends to make a 27 million dollar cut to the University of Minnesota alone. The last resort is to increase tuition prices. A proposed 5 percent tuition increase for middle-income students is set to take effect next year. I don’t know about you- but that counts me too. How can I possibly even dream about going to a school to get my degree if I can hardly afford college now?

Something that needs to be thought about–is money more important than our future? And I don’t mean our as my generation; this affects everyone. They are your future doctors, nurses, police, presidents, teachers. Who will be in charge of taking care of you when you are no longer in your prime. Does our generation; as well as future ones diserve to be short changed because the state blew all its money on a stupid stadium?

We had a perfectly fine stadium–all that money should be going towards education and offsetting the huge debts the state already has. Let the state know that its priorities NEED to be straightened out. Money should not be an issue when you are trying to follow your dreams.

This blog post was written as part of an on-line journalism class at Anoka Ramsey Community College.

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