Public College Tuition Jumps 8%
Prices increasing even as family income falls
By Kevin Spak, Newser User
Posted Oct 26, 2011 6:52 AM CDT
Public university tuition keeps on rising.   (Shutterstock)

(Newser) – Public schools got significantly more expensive again last year, with tuition at four-year universities shooting up 8.3% to $8,244, according to a new report from the College Board. The story wasn’t any better at two-year schools, which saw prices rise an average 8.7% to $2,963. Both jumps well outpaced inflation (3.6%), and came amid drops in family earnings across all income levels, USA Today reports.

The hikes come in part thanks to state budget cuts. State funding per student fell 4% last year, and has dropped 23% over the past decade. “It has become all too common for state legislatures to dip into pockets of students and families to balance state budgets,” said the president of the American Council on Education, calling this year’s figures “sadly familiar.” Still, there is good news: federal student aid rose, blunting much of the impact of the price hikes on families. (And the news comes as President Obama announced new student loan relief.)

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MilanMoravec
Oct 26, 2011 4:44 PM CDT
Every qualified California student should get a place in University of California system. That's a desirable goal for a public university. However, UC Berkeley Chancellor Robert Birgeneau displaces Californians qualified for education at Cal. with $50,600 tuition Foreigners. UC tuition increases exceed the national average rate of increase. The University of California Board Of Regents jeopardizes Californians attending higher education by making UC the most expensive public university in the United States. Self-serving tuition increases are used by UC President Mark Yudof to increase the pay of 80,000 eligible faculty and others. Payoffs like these point to higher operating costs and still higher tuition for Californians. Instate tuition consumes 14% of Ca. Median Family Income! I agree that faculty in higher education and senior management, like Yudof and Birgeneau, should consider the students' welfare and put it high on their values. Deeds unfortunately do not bear out the students' welfare values of campus senior management and the UC Board of Regents. Opinions to UC Board of Regents, email marsha.kelman@ucop.edu
onbeshero
Oct 26, 2011 12:24 PM CDT
Last night my republican state rep had a Q&A via phone. One person on the call asked about what was being done about unemployment and people losing their homes. Her response was that there are lots of technical and mechanical jobs out there that need filling. All people have to do is go back to school and get the training they need to get those jobs. Problem solved. I've heard this from many politicians. They say this without taking into account that people need work to pay their present bills and there is no guarantee they will graduate and find a job that pays well enough to cover the student loans.
zdaydream
Oct 26, 2011 8:48 AM CDT
This is B/S. Colleges have massive amounts of money stashed in banks earning interest, all the while jacking up prices when kids can't even get a job after graduation. Unconscionable. <:-)