Get Out Of School Already, Colleges Urge

Students feeling more pressure to graduate within 4 years
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted May 5, 2008 3:26 PM CDT
The Graham-Greenlee residence hall on the University of Arizona campus in Tucson, Ariz., is shown Wednesday, Sept. 5, 2007.   (AP Photo/John Miller)
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(Newser) – It turns out kids are staying in school … for entirely too long, the Arizona Republic reports. Across the country, colleges are urging students to get in and get out in 4 years. The paper found that just 30% of students graduated state universities in 4 years, a problematic number for legislatures looking to stretch education dollars to the max.

"The reality of the situation is: It's difficult for students to pay to go longer," says one administrator at a university that's added a so-called tuition surcharge, billing students 20% more if they needed 150 credits, rather than the usual 120, to get their degrees. "And parents aren't happy about paying to go longer."