11/29/2005

Possible Increase in Tuition Costs?

Some colleges are beginning to place an 'excess credit' surcharge to students that take over 135 credits for a bachelor’s degree. The reason this is happening, with I have experienced first hand is stated to be the fact that many freshman students do not enter into college with a degree in mind. So many students change majors 2 to 3 time’s through out their college experience. The other factor is people whom transfer from one institution to another are loosing credits and having to fulfill different requirements. Personally, I feel the education system should have one standard no matter the state or the facility therefore following the same requirements. Theses all lead to an increased amount of classes that students have to complete. If believe that if students had more guidance upon entering college they wouldn’t have this problem, I know that if I would have had some direction I would be a semester closer than I am now.

6 comments:

Liz said...

It seems like the colleges are just trying to squeeze all they can get. SUU recently lowered the Credit amount they allow for full tuition. Now you have to pay extra for that 6th class you wanted to take. That sucks pretty bad too.

Nate said...

On one hand I like the idea that they are trying to help students have a plan, but on the other are we not paying for those credits when we pay tutition. I feel that it is a waste of time and money to attend college just to attend college. If somebody does not know what they want to get a degree in it, then wait a little while to attend college. For the university to implement a system where a student will have to pay a fee on top of the increasing amount of tuition is ridiculous. What does the increased tuition pay for? How much are students going to have to pay to receive a degree. The thing that really gets me is that administrators want to increase enrollment but with all the additional fees and tuition, students will not be able to afford school.

maddy said...

Though I will agree that universities are trying to help students be more directed it also seems like they are out to profit from those who honestly sturggle to know what they want to do. In reality some people just have a hard time deciding and to make them pay more may cause the demand for education to decrease, meaning that there will be less educated people in the workforce. I don't agree with charging? How about requiring some type of class where you study specific jobs and careers?

Dr. Tufte said...

-1 on Tyler's post for spelling errors.

-1 on Nate's comment for punctuation errors.

To give you some inside perspective on this, excess credit charges exist for the same reason that there are deductibles on insurance - it makes you stop and think before proceeding. Advisors can tell you lots of stories about students taking extra credits because they didn't seek or listen to advice.

Nate's point is well taken. But because state schools are subsidized, they are essentially offering college educations at 80% off the list price. Sales like that cause people to buy a lot of dumb stuff, and that shows up in colleges that are bloated with students who linger for too long.

Matthew said...

Dr. Tufte said that sales (a college education at 80% off) cause people to buy dumb stuff, but isn't an education one of the best investments one can make?

Dr. Tufte said...

Ummm ... no. The returns on college education are routinely overrated. It's not a bad thing to do, but we do do too much of it.