College Kids React To Tuition Hikes

Life on college campuses is probably already stressful for some. Most students will tell you it's tough just to make ends meet.

“Everything's coming at once it seems, and it's getting hard on everyone, especially this tuition thing,” says Somerset Community College Student Andrew Rexroat.

On Friday, the hikes were given the final stamp of approval by the Council on Postsecondary Education. Tuition is increasing anywhere from 5% to almost 10%.

“I live in Casey County and I have to drive 45 minutes every day, so it could really cut into spending,” says student Tyler East of the commuting expense.

Students at community colleges and technical schools will be paying 5.2% more. It could have been much worse. The head of the community college and tech school system had requested an increase of a whopping 13%.

KCTCS President Michael McCall says the 13% tuition hike was needed to avoid cuts in services. Now, he fears there could be less student enrollment and faculty and staff layoffs.

Some students say they'll be working more this summer to supplement what their parents pay. Those on financial aid dread higher loan payments. But regardless of the ever increasing cost, most say a degree is still worth it.

“You're not going to make it if you don't have a college education in this world. I hate to say that. I'm studying to be a pharmacist so I hope it will pay in the end,” says Angela Thomas of Albany.

Many universities didn't get as big of a tuition hike as requested.

EKU and KSU both asked for 8% but only got a 7% tuition increase. UK and UofL both received their request of a 9%hike.

And at Western, in-state students will see an 8% hike, but out of state students will end up paying more than that.


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  • by Wow Location: Richmond on May 12, 2008 at 04:00 AM
    @Posted by: Snoop You dont have to "buy" nothing. This is the net and everything should be taken with a grain of salt. But if you lived in a city for 30years maybe youd learn a few things about the college that the city grew around. I also know where not to buy watered down gas that destroys your car but why tell you? After all this is the net.
  • by ghettochip Location: richmond on May 10, 2008 at 07:13 PM
    WoW! I had no idea that it was THAT ridiculous. The public really needs to know about this waste. Students should stand up and rally against it. Thank you for sharing. React, people!
  • by Snoop on May 10, 2008 at 06:45 PM
    Best be gettin a jobbie job. And wow I aint buying your copper tale.
  • by Wow Location: Richmond on May 10, 2008 at 04:51 PM
    @ghettochip Location: richmond Did you know when EKU gets done with major electrical work they throw away all used copper? Thats right something so valuable that people will break into houses and rip it out of walls is simply thrown away. They used to allow employees to take it but then they changed their minds. Now when they do a major job a few hundred pounds of copper at $3 a pound is thrown away and later on friends of the electricians come back and raid the trash. After all it is trash and they cant be fired if they arent employeed.
  • by Zatoichi Location: Richmond on May 10, 2008 at 01:56 PM
    As long as they have the money to pay for the benefits for domestic partners they will be okay.
  • by Sue Location: Lexington on May 10, 2008 at 01:47 PM
    RE: Tuition raise. Maybe Beshear and the Senate and Representative refuse to take their raise and take reduced salaries, the tuition wouldn't have to be raised. Education is much more important
  • by just another student Location: Eky on May 10, 2008 at 06:16 AM
    IF Mr. McCall is so worried about the budget why does he accept a salary of over $600,000 a year????? Anyone else find this outrageous?
  • by ghettochip Location: richmond on May 9, 2008 at 06:40 PM
    Did you know that when UK and EKU, and probably many other universities, landscape they throw the plants away when the blooms are spent? These are perennials, bulbs, evergreens. Did you know that they could interplant and still keep the campus beautiful year around without wasting all of that money on plants, bulbs, etc.? Did you know that they pay many people to do this? Isn't this a big waste of money? Have you seen the prices of decorative plants and bulbs? These are plants that will return and bloom each year that are being thrown away. I am disgusted by this. Did you know that if anyone takes these plants from the trash at UK it is considered stealing? People can't even save the plants without being thrown in jail? Yet, tuition keeps rising. What will the universities do when no one enrolls due to the impending depression? We shouldn't put up with this waste. What's even worse, it happens everywhere with public dollars. Monkey see, monkey do. This is what the elitists do.
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  • by Anonymous on May 9, 2008 at 03:33 PM
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