College Students Prepare For Tuition Shock

UK held a forum Friday to explain to students the reasons behind a 9 per cent increase in tuition.

A nearly empty auditorium for the forum might suggest that students are simply resigned to paying more, but those who did attend were looking to the future.

Ashley Collette told 27 NEWSFIRST, "I'm actually graduating so it's not so much for me personally but for other students in Kentucky. My little brother is a freshman at UK, and just for my family in general, the raise in tuition is really cutting in financially on top of everything else that's going on in our country."

The speakers at the forum came armed with plenty of graphs and data to support the claim that UK is simply doing what it has to do to survive.

Angie Martin, Vice President of Budget, Policy and Planning at UK, says, "With the state appropriations going down, we had really no choice but to increase tuition, and it is a shared responsibility between the state and the student."

In 1994, more than 500 UK students walked out of their classes and disrupted traffic to protest what was essentially a $40 tuition hike. Obviously, the stakes are much higher today.

Martin says the 9 per cent increase at UK translates to an additional $320. She presented evidence showing why it's so important that UK reach its stated goal of becoming a top 20 research institution, but students want to know how it can be so important if the education provided isn't as accessible to Kentuckians.

Ashley Collette says, "We're already number 24 as a research institution. but we're not in the top 100 in educating undergraduates. I don't understand how the top 20 plan is benefiting students at all."

But at least UK is in good company in this economic mess. Angie Martin says, "This is a real problem not only for Kentucky but many states across the country, and we're all struggling with it."


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  • by Aunt Brenda Location: Linthicum Maryland on Apr 21, 2008 at 07:32 AM
    And one wonders why families consider alternative ways to educate their children?! Try community colleges, living at home, and working. Transferring at junior level is the reality of the future, it seems. . .I did!
  • by diane Location: Mt.Sterling on Apr 20, 2008 at 12:06 PM
    It is just not worth it to go into that kind of debt to get a degree that won't allow you to make enough money to ever get out. I'd rather live minimally and have no debt.
  • by Me! Location: Ky on Apr 19, 2008 at 04:30 AM
    Guess all the students will need P/T jobs. That is how I paid for my education.I worked 30 hours a week and carried 14-18 hours.I had a 3.25 GPA and money to do the things I had to do.It sure made me appreciate my parents more.......I hate it for these students trying to better themselves and hitting a brick wall like this.But lets face it,we are all going to keep feeling the hard times and do things we don't necessarily want to get by.
  • by John Johnson Location: Lexington on Apr 18, 2008 at 09:38 PM
    Why don't people just send their kids to community colleges or other schools??? Teach these people at UK a lesson. DON'T ENROLL there!!!!!!!!!
  • by jennie Location: Lexington on Apr 18, 2008 at 06:06 PM
    Tuition going up? I guess Mr Todd needs another big bonus this year...
  • by Anonymous on Apr 18, 2008 at 04:23 PM
    so much corruption

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