Raising tuition will only hurt students

Posted: Monday, March 01, 2010

While reading the Juneau Empire, I ran across an article about a possible tuition hike for the University of Alaska. I was shocked to see that raising tuition was an option. The Board of Regents say they're doing this because of increases in expenses, but is this really the right thing to do?

Some students don't have the means to pay for their current tuition costs, let alone an increase. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the average income per household is $47,196. After the cost of living and taxes, which the Bureau of Labor says is an average $42,919, you are left with $4,277.

I remember talking to my parents about tuition costs. I can remember the look on their faces when I told them it would be $2,756 per semester, not including the price of books and living expenses. In the end they were able to scrape together $2,500, but still that wasn't enough; we couldn't afford the full tuition. We had to ask my grandparents for help.

Knowing that they are planning to raise the cost of tuition even more frightens me. I may have to stop going to school for a while. Students should not have to go through this. We are trying to become more productive members of society.

Willie Carter


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