Monday, December 29, 2008

Why college is so expensive

If you live in Pennsylvania and are considering sending your child to college, you might want to consider moving or send the kid to trade school.

From an editorial in The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review:
Recent raises collectively totaling $147,427 for presidents of 13 state-owned colleges contrast sharply with Pennsylvania's distinction of having the sixth-highest college debt among state college graduates in the nation. Moreover, tuition at Pennsylvania's four-year public universities is the fourth-highest nationally.

But these are only pieces of a far bigger problem, as a Commonwealth Foundation analysis shows. Specifically, shoving increasing amounts of public money into the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education does nothing to reduce students' costs -- it increases them.
That's right, mom and dad. It's the higher education system Pennsylvania politicians have set up that is sending the cost of attending college through the roof.

Read the full editorial at the newspaper's Web site.

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