Another tuition increase for Pa. college students…

Took some time off and now it’s back to the blogging.

I guess there are a lot of things swirling around in my brain today. This new news item, however, as Family Guy’s Peter Griffin would say, really grinds my gears…(Sorry, but I do watch the show and totally enjoyed the totally politically incorrect movie, “Ted,” from Family Guy creator Seth McFarlane.)

From the Associated Press…

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Students and their families will pay about 3 percent more for tuition and technology fees at Pennsylvania’s 14 state-owned universities.

The board of governors of the State System of Higher Education met by teleconference Monday afternoon. They voted nearly unanimously on 2012-13 tuition rates and technology fees.

For in-state undergraduates, a 3 percent increase in tuition and technology fees will mean an extra $198. Out-of-state undergraduates pay anywhere from one-and-a-half to two-and-a-half times as much, and they’ll see a 3 percent increase, as well.

Nearly 120,000 students are enrolled in the state universities at Bloomsburg, California, Cheyney, Clarion, East Stroudsburg, Edinboro, Indiana, Kutztown, Lock Haven, Mansfield, Millersville, Shippensburg, Slippery Rock and West Chester.

What I haven’t read yet is the reason for the increase. Why in these economic times does the board of governors approve this increase? Are they just trying to price these kids out of college? What they really need is a DECREASE in tuition.

In a recent newsroom discussion, I put out there that based on my own kids and those others I know, this college-age generation is looking at a 10-15 year period before they will be in a position to buy a home. They have college loans in the tens of thousands of dollars.

Now there will be people saying that the fault is with the kids who take on the debt without thinking. Well, who has $50-$60,000 sitting around for a college education? These kids need grants, scholarships and reasonable loans. Adding yet more cost to a college education can’t be good for this country in the long run.

And the reasoning is that the increase is below the rate of inflation. What inflation?

I just know that my next two kids heading to college are going face a tough road…

When does it ever end?

— Andy Hachadorian

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