Tuition takes a hike

Really, a tuition increase? As if we’re not poor enough already. I mean, it’s not like we pay thousands of dollars for our education or anything, so why not add a few more dollars?

As of now, Midland College students are paying roughly $1 per credit hour below the state average. This makes MC one of the cheapest options for a good education.

As of next semester, the cost will increase to $3 per credit hour for in-state students and $5 for out-of-state students. That’s quite a leap in price to go so much over the state average and add to the ever-increasing cost of shelter, food, fees and books.

What is all this money going toward, anyway? Let us guess, a new cafeteria to replace the perfectly good one we already have.

The better option we have is to keep our current dining hall as it is. Instead of building another cafeteria for large gatherings, we should move these events to the Chap Center. It certainly is suitable and will help save money. We’re so busy trying to make this campus bigger for no substantial reason.

Another thing that our money is going to fund, which is absolutely ridiculous, is the high expense of travel for our coaches to recruit worldwide.

It’s understandable that we are an equal-opportunity school and we want to improve our sports teams by pulling talent from all over the world. However, there is an exceptional number of talented athletes within our state, and it is cheaper to recruit them.

Yes, it’s neat to have people from England or Egypt, but maybe our board should think about what’s better for the in-state students and stop trying to impress other schools with our international sports teams. It’s causing us more money all the way around.

It turns out MC is looking at a million-dollar decrease in state funds. This leaves the MC Board of Trustees with one alternative—a tuition increase. This will allow them to bring in an estimated $300,000 to $400,000 in additional cash.

Overall, there’s no way to guess what all this money is going toward. It could be going toward something that benefits students, or it could be going toward something that benefits the board and its employees. Hopefully it’s a bit of both.

We’re college kids; we don’t all have great-paying jobs and some of us don’t have one at all.

Some of us are already in debt paying off student loans or our parents. Not to mention our college diet isn’t the greatest; most of the time we’re surviving on T&T donuts and Whataburger. It’s cheap, so who can blame us?

Yes, this increase is going to affect us, and of course we’re not going to be happy about it. We want college as cheap as possible before we go off to a four-year university and pay an arm and a leg. Can we be blamed for that?

As students we have the right to be upset about an increase, especially when we’re not fully informed of why we’re going to have to pay more. The board should really come out and speak to us about what is going on. At least inform us, then maybe we would be more understanding.

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