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Old 01-31-2012, 07:56 AM
 
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What is wrong with working while in college?

I worked 26 hrs a week delivering pizzas at Pizza Hut while going to college at Texas A&M and paid all my bills PLUS my tuition and book costs AND took 12 to 15 credits AND graduated with a 3.7 GPA

Not that difficult... just have to be willing to cut back a little on non essentials for several yrs
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Old 01-31-2012, 08:25 AM
 
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Most people will agree that the cost of a college education is excessive, making education inaccessible for some and plunging others deeply in debt. It occurs to me that the federal government dictates what may be charged for other services when itís the federal taxpayer on the hook for payment. For example, Medicare reimbursement rates are dictated by the feds, not by the health care provider, regardless of the actual cost of those services.

Obama made a statement regarding education to the effect that colleges and universities must do their part. That those schools that keep raising tuition will see less from the government, or words to that effect. It got me thinking about this issue. It actually makes sense when taxpayers are paying (or guaranteeing) grants and student loans. There is plenty of precedent, Medicare reimbursement as mentioned being one, caps on hourly rates that businesses may charge for specific services are another.

My suggestion is that the federal government set a cap that schools may charge for tuition if they receive federal funds. Letís say $6,000 per year for tuition (or in the case of state schools, tuition minus local/state taxpayer support). That certainly should provide funding for undergraduate programs. This will help limit the amount of debt a student can rack up, encourage schools to manage responsibly and offer a reasonable value.

Private institutions, supported with no federal funds, are a different story. But if youíre receiving the taxpayerís dime, itís fair that you be held to a level of accountability.


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If you cap the tuition you are just going to adjust by slashing their offerings. Why not let the free market generally decide as there is currently a WIDE range of options for going to school economically or not as the case may be.

You can already get a greatly reduced cost education if you are willing to go to a jr. college then transfer to a state school and so forth. Have a job while you are in school too. I know MANY people that went this route.
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Old 01-31-2012, 08:27 AM
 
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What is wrong with working while in college?

I worked 26 hrs a week delivering pizzas at Pizza Hut while going to college at Texas A&M and paid all my bills PLUS my tuition and book costs AND took 12 to 15 credits AND graduated with a 3.7 GPA

Not that difficult... just have to be willing to cut back a little on non essentials for several yrs
I didn't work much during school but I worked long crappy isolated hours setting up car washes in craphole towns across the midwest all summer long and also over winter break. Got out of school with less than 10k in debt, paid it off my 1st year out of school by living very very cheaply.
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