Category Archives: Tuition


In Early Iowa Campaign, Hillary Clinton Highlights College Affordability

Fresh off the announcement that she would run for president in 2016, Hillary Clinton visited a community college on Tuesday as part of her days-old campaign in Iowa. Here’s some of what she said about higher education in a roundtable discussion held at Kirkwood Community College:


With Cuts Looming, Wisconsin Regents OK Tuition Increases at 9 Campuses

The University of Wisconsin system will raise tuition for out-of-state undergraduates and some professional students at nine campuses, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports. The extra revenue is meant to prepare the system for the prospect of a $300-million cut proposed by Gov. Scott Walker, and to make it possible to freeze resident tuition for two more years.

The proposed increases — including a nearly 12 percent jump for nonresident undergraduates at the flagship campus — drew criticism …


Higher-Ed Wonks Are Going Ballistic Over an Op-Ed in ‘The New York Times’

Administrative bloat, not dwindling state funds, is the principal cause of skyrocketing tuition at public colleges across America.

That’s the gist of an op-ed published Saturday in The New York Times by Paul F. Campos, a law professor at the University of Colorado at Boulder, who briskly dismisses the common refrain that state legislatures’ protracted disinvestment in public university systems is at least a major component of rising costs. Here’s Mr. Campos’s conclusion:

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Sandy Baum, a senior fe…


Legislation Linking Tuition to Average Wage Passes Washington State Senate

A bill that would tie tuition at public colleges in Washington State to a portion of the average state wage passed the State Senate on Wednesday, The Spokesman-Review reports.

The measure would sharply cut the cost of colleges statewide, with the larger ones required to set tuition at a higher percentage of the average annual wage — which is about $52,600 — and community and regional colleges assigned a smaller number. The tuition cuts’ cost to the state would be $112 million to $232 million.



Protesters Shut Down U. of California at Santa Cruz Over Tuition Increases

Student protesters effectively shut down the University of California at Santa Cruz on Thursday morning, blocking its entrances as part of a four-day protest of tuition increases, racism, and police violence, the Santa Cruz Sentinel reports. The university responded to the early-morning action by telling students and faculty members to stay off the campus.


Cal State Students Will Get More Say Over Campus ‘Success Fees’

The trustees of California State University voted on Wednesday to give students more say over the “success fees” some campuses tack onto their tuition bills, The Sacramento Bee reports. Critics have accused institutions of using the controversial fees, which are now in place on 12 of the system’s 23 campuses and can run to several hundred dollars a semester, to circumvent a tuition freeze that Cal State and the University of California agreed to in 2012 in exchange for increased state support.


U. of California Committee Approves Tuition Increases Amid Protests

A committee of the University of California Board of Regents on Wednesday approved a plan that could raise tuition by as much as 5 percent in each of the next five years, the Los Angeles Times reports.

The meeting, at the university’s San Francisco campus, saw fireworks inside and out. Hundreds of student protesters gathered beforehand, attempted to keep the regents from entering, and jostled with campus police officers when they intervened. Karl Pister, an 89-year-old former chancellor of the s…


U. of California System Proposes Ending Tuition Freeze

The University of California system’s administration has proposed ending a three-year tuition freeze and charging students as much as 5 percent more in each of the next five years, the Los Angeles Times reports.

The increases are aimed at bringing in much-needed revenue as the system considers expanding its enrollment and hiring more faculty members, among other things. Janet Napolitano, the system’s president, said the proposed increases could be reduced or eliminated if the state raised its co…


U. of North Carolina Approves Cap on Revenue for Need-Based Aid

The University of North Carolina system may now use only so much of its tuition revenue to pay for need-based financial aid. The system’s Board of Governors on Friday approved a rule limiting to 15 percent the amount of revenue that can be allocated to need-based aid on all 16 of its campuses, according to news reports.

The rule will cause some hand-wringing on six of the campuses that already exceed the 15-percent cap. The system’s flagship campus, in Chapel Hill, directs more than 20 percent o…


Education Dept. Unveils New Lists of Most and Least Expensive Colleges

The U.S. Department of Education updated on Monday the information that informs its lists of the most- and least-expensive colleges in the country. It is the fourth time the department has updated the College Affordability and Transparency information, which is used to call attention to colleges that do the best and worst jobs, respectively, at charging affordable tuition and fees.

The utility and effectiveness of the six lists, which appeared first in 2011 under the provisions of the Higher Edu…