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Tuesday Talk: How to make college affordable?

September 18, 2012 By Joe Sheeran, Communications Director

The University of Minnesota and Concordia University recently took major steps to address rising tuition. The U promises to freeze tuition as part of plan that cuts costs in exchange for full legislative funding. Concordia is balancing lower tuition with financial aid cuts. A number of factors drive college costs, including employee health care and necessary technology investments.

How can we keep college affordable without gutting staff and cutting quality?  

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  • Meg Reid says:

    September 18, 2012 at 11:22 am

    I wish I knew more about what factors make college so expensive - maybe someone else can enlighten me on that.  However, one thing I’d like to see change is the cost of textbooks.  Switching to ebooks or using more free electronic resources instead of paper books can help college students eliminate at least some of the $200-400 spent on books every semester.  It would also help save paper - printouts and books can really stack up over a college semester.

  • Ron Leurquin says:

    September 18, 2012 at 4:44 pm

    Really thoguth this topic would garner far more comment than it has.  Mainly the only way I can see college getting more affordable is for the taxpayers as a whole needing to pony up more tax dollars for our public colleges so that tuition can be lowered or at least left at present levels for some time to come.

    We have to decide to VALUE education in a way that we then become willing to pay for it.  Its in all our best interests to make education affordable and available to all.  Todays students are the future of this country.  What kind of future do we want?

    I was fortunate to get some scholarships, and low cost loans for my earlier years in higher education, and then to get a job that allowed me to survive and pay off the loans.  Later in life I returned to college to further my education, and struggled to pay as I went.  Not complaining, but times were tight wehn I tried to afford LIFE and attend college nights and weekends to get a better degree.

  • Bernice Vetsch says:

    September 18, 2012 at 7:35 pm

    I believe the annual State cuts to higher ed throughout the Pawlenty years led to annual increases in the portion of education costs paid by students as tuition.

    It’s all part of the sad tale of a 12-year-old boy who had an inspiration that has changed American politics:  If only every Republican politician would refuse EVER to raise taxes, “realized” the young Grover Norquist, the size of government would shrink and America would become a more prosperous and successful nation.

    To which you might say, “What???”