More Families Turning to Federal Gov’t to Make College Affordable As Tuition Costs Climb Again

As more and more struggle to afford college, few if any of the reasons costs at universities are skyrocketing are ever studied or addressed.  People naturally, and unfortunately, look to the government to hand out grants, or tuition assitance, to pay for their college education.  But what are the dynamics that are causing tuition, books, housing, et al, to continue to spiral upward.  Are universities ever asked to see how THEY can control costs?  Tenure, retirement plans,health plans, spiraling salaries, expanding administrative costs: we never hear of these thing being 'on the table' when university budgets are discussed.  Instead, it is requests for more tax dollars and/or higher tuitions for the students.  When was the last time you heard of the University President or the Professors volunteering to negotiate lower contracts, reduce administation/aministrative costs? Hmmm??

More Families Turning to Federal Gov’t to Make College Affordable As Tuition Costs Climb Again

Thursday, October 28, 2010
By Eric Gorski, Associated Press

(AP) - College tuition costs shot up again this fall, and students and their families are leaning more on the federal government to make higher education more affordable in tough economic times, according to two reports issued Thursday.


At public four-year schools, many of them ravaged by state budget cuts, average in-state tuition and fees this fall rose 7.9 percent, or $555, to $7,605, according to the College Board's "Trends in College Pricing." The average sticker price at private nonprofit colleges increased 4.5 percent, or $1,164, to $27,293.

Massive government subsidies and aid from schools helped keep in check the actual price many students pay. But experts caution that federal aid can only do so much and that even higher tuition is likely unless state appropriations rebound or colleges drastically cut costs.

"Just when Americans need college the most, many are finding it increasingly difficult to afford," said Molly Corbett Broad, president of the American Council on Education.

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