The Ever-Increasing College Tuition
By Wade E
For all of those who are soon to be enrolling in college, I am sure you’ve noticed that it is extremely expensive. Community college tuition and mandatory fees rose in all but two states (California and Maine), with ten states registering increases of more than 10 percent.
Not only is Community College expensive, but now the price of undergraduate tuition has been increasing significantly. I plan to take a look into why this is and why our undergrad programs are so much more expensive than in the rest of the world. In most other countries, government pays for most, if not all, of their students’ tuition.
I sat down with Helen Staller, a school assistant principal, to discuss this topic. I talked with her about why the price of an undergraduate education is so high and continuing to rise. ”The whole economy is going up, the cost of living is going up so this drives up the cost of education,” said Ms. Staller. I wanted to know if she thought this cycle is negatively effecting our undergraduate education system. ”Yes, I think it’s going to separate our students— students who can afford to go, and those who cannot. So, the middle class will suffer the most. There will be money for the wealthy and the poor, but not the middle class,” she said.
I wanted to get a viewpoint from another country, one where this divide is not occurring in education. I talked to an out-of-towner who now lives in Ithaca to get a more global perspective of higher education. Geoff Eddlestone was born in the UK and has gone through many levels of education himself. (Listen to the audio for the full interview with Dr.Eddlestone.)
So, considering all that has been talked about today, what would you consider a better system to be? Or, is our own system effective for us?