College tuition is already at a point where it’s surpassing any other point in history. With fees increasing every year, people are having a hard time paying for school.
Students who attend public universities outside of their home state are in a terrible situation since they are paying almost double, and in some cases, triple the amount that in-state students pay to attend the same university.
Being an out-of-state student here at Virginia Tech, I can attest to the fact that it is really tough to pay $30,000 a year in order to attend this great university.
Since coming to Tech was not my sole decision to make, as I was not going to be the one footing the bill, it was really hard to convince my parents to let me come here.
However, since it is a better university for engineering than the best engineering school in my home state of Maryland, the only reason that my parents could come up with for not letting me attend Tech was the financial part of the deal.
I would have paid $20,000 less a year in order to attend the University of Maryland, which is five minutes away from my house.
Recently, Tech has decided to raise the tuition for out-of-state students even more in order to compensate for the lack of funds to the university. There are not that many out-of-state students here at Tech to begin with, and increasing the tuition is not going to help this number increase.
I know that my parents would not be happy to be paying even more money for me to attend Tech when in-state students are paying less than half of what out-of-state students are paying.
I don’t necessarily disagree with the increase in tuition, but it doesn’t make sense that they would increase tuition for out-of-state students and not increase for in-state students. If they want to increase tuition, it should be for everyone and not just a small portion.
The only reason I was allowed to attend Tech was because it was the best situation for me, but if I have to pay more money for the coming years, I don’t think my parents would have made the same decision.
With families like mine that are already having a hard time paying the tuition, taking out loans and getting money from wherever we can, it could affect future numbers of prospective students.
Tech is spending so much money on random projects that are not required in order for the campus to run efficiently, such as another dining hall, expanding McComas Hall and building new parking garages around campus.
They could be using the funds for the areas where change is needed, instead of using them on the unnecessary items listed above. Raising tuition is going to help them for the moment.
Over time, however, as the number of out-of-state students decrease because of the higher tuition rates, it is just going to hurt the university’s funds, as it is going to lose more students who don’t want to pay the extra fees.
Instead of providing a temporary fix today, the university needs to find alternative solutions that will be sustainable long into the future.