Katie Maguire Dr. Rodriguez
Writing for College-Critical Analysis October 9, 2002
Rising Cost of Tuition
The high price of a college education is an issue of growing concern for American families. Over the past twenty years, tuition has more than doubled at both public and private schools. An affordable higher education is important for students and is a necessity to have a quality education to compete in the changing job markets. In some cases, depending on the area of study, students are forced to get a master's or post-graduate degree to get a job after school. And while they are at school, some students have to delay graduation a few years because they have to support themselves through college with two or three part-time jobs to afford rising tuition costs (FAFSA).
Yet, financial support to schools, in the form of state appropriations, as well as aid to students and their families, have failed to keep pace with those cost increases.
Students are painfully familiar with these developments. They're worried about how they are going to pay for college. At the College of Mount Saint Vincent, students seem to be suffering from the same tribulations.
Many of our school's students ask themselves, "Why is college tuition so high?" The school tells us that they are providing an expensive and highly valuable product - an education that will mean thousands of dollars more in future earning power for graduates. But many students are concerned that our school may not be using their tuition dollars as efficiently as they should be - that perhaps they are paying more for a college education than is really necessary. Look at the component parts of tuition, those costs incurred by institutions in providing education, and ask whether The College of Mount Saint Vincent is doing everything...