Tuition increases not essential

Tuition has increased across the board yet again.Both public and private four-year universities report a tuition increase higher than last year’s.

According to a College Board survey released Monday, public and private four-year university tuitions have risen 6.6 percent and 6.3 percent, respectively. Both of these increases are higher than those of the previous year.

College Board reported a 5.3 percent increase in room and board at public four-year universities and a 5 percent increase at private four-year universities.

With increasing dining plan costs – like TCU’s newest proposal – and higher costs for on-campus living, it’s virtually impossible to get through college without mounds of debt.

Are all these increases really necessary?

It’s hard to fathom that college operating costs have risen so dramatically over the past decade.

Although federal aid has increased as well, it is still not keeping up with the exponentially changing tuitions and college expenses.

According to the College Board survey, federal Stafford loans, which accounted for more than half of student aid a decade ago, were only a third of student aid last year.

Universities throughout the nation are making it increasingly difficult to obtain an education, and for people to become productive members of society.

The government just isn’t keeping up.

A college education is now a requirement for even the most basic of jobs. Increasing tuition without increased federal aid only makes it harder for people to contribute to the economy and succeed financially.

In order to allow all citizens an equal opportunity to attend college, tuition increases need to be kept to a minimum or the government needs to catch up in its student aid programs.

Managing editor Aly Fleet for the editorial board.