One of the hardest news that has hit the ears of the University of Illinois Students this semester is the news of the 4.8 percent tuition increase. Well, I say this semester because I became aware of the tuition increase this semester, however pending further research on the issue I have been informed that the issue has been a topic of debate among the UIC authorities for some years. Yet, it was during this semester that I noticed the efforts of students, who are responding to the tuition increase.
My first informant on this issue was by word of mouth after that encounter, I have begun to notice other efforts by Students to speak up and take action on this issue. In summary, the general response to the tuition increase is that the money is too much for a state owned university. As the reason why students attend state-owned universities is so they can pay less money.
More importantly, freshmen would prefer spending that buck at a private university where employment is guaranteed but not in a state owned university. The reasoning here denotes that students are beginning to demand that the quality of education ‘the Bang’ received measure up to the ‘Buck’. This does not seem like too much to ask; however, will the University authorities be able to meet this demands and how might they do so especially considering the fact that the money accrued from the increase might have been delegated to meet some much-needed demands. University authorities should consider these questions as Students weigh the cost with the quality of education.
On the other side, there are also students who will be hurt by the tuition increase. As a graduating senior, I was relieved not to have to deal with the tuition increase especially not having to worry about how the tuition increase might affect my financial aid. However, there are students who might not be able to attend the University of Illinois Schools because of this increase and who might not also have other choices available to them.
Whatever the result, I am at least glad that steps are been taken by students to speak up about how the tuition increase. I speak here of those protesting in the cold weather, those signing petitions and writing letters of appeal. It is my hope that a compromise will be reached that could be favorable to both parties so that those who want to attend the University would be able to do so without having to worry about how to foot the heavy price tag. As an afterthought, I have always wondered why learning came with a price tag. Whatever happened to free education…?