Students and their parents can attest to a painful truth about college costs: They’ve been on a rocket ship rise for years. And there is no end in sight.
Paying for college is especially tough in South Carolina, where public universities are the most expensive in the Southeast.
Yes, one of the legacies of the "Education Governor", aside from a former Chief of Staff in prison is "tuition and fees at four-year public colleges and universities in South Carolina averaged $7,916 a year. That figure is 36 percent higher than the national average and 58 percent higher than the Southeastern average."
Thanks Jimmy. We really appreciate what you've done for our schools.
Paying for higher education is like buying a car. The price you pay tends to roughly equal the amount of money you can afford to spend. This is why in-state tuition spiralled once most college students had a few thousand more dollars to spend, via the lottery.
But to be fair, there are a lot of problems with higher education in South Carolina that had nothing to do with Hodges. Just stand in the parking lot between two state public colleges which offer two-year associate's degrees for transfer to our four year colleges, or economically depressed communities which have USC campuses but no technical education facilities to help attract industry.
FITS says duplication, waste, and turf are the problems with our system of higher education ... and they're right on the mark. It's past time to streamline our colleges as a means to making higher education more affordable for our state's families.
But one does have to marvel at these s*** for brains who attend state-run public colleges, complain about the high tuition at those state-run public colleges, but somehow decide working for federal candidates is going to solve the problem:
Lauren Johnson, a 20-year-old junior at Winthrop University, said she has two scholarships, a Pell Grant and a student loan, and she still has a hard time covering all of her costs.
“Each year, tuition goes up,” said Johnson, the daughter of a military family that settled in Columbia. “We’re scrambling even more to try to figure out how to pay for this.”
Molly Emerson, a 19-year-old volunteer for the Obama campaign, said college costs were “a huge consideration” in determining which candidate would get her support.
“The costs are astronomical,” said Emerson, who is taking a year off from college to help the Obama campaign. “I’m one of four children. My parents have many more years of costs.”
Like Emerson, Johnson is also supporting Obama, and college costs are one of the main reasons.
If they're so concerned about getting an education, maybe they should:
1) Not take a year off from college to go campaign (must be tough to be so poor) and get a job to pay for their education - like I did, and
2) Stop worrying about how to spend money taken from other people's paychecks (taxes) and spend more time working for their own paychecks.
I know ... I'm cold, heartless, and cruel for talking like this, I know ... but hey, if you wanted lots of love, you've be over at FITS, not here.