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Just wanted to get a friendly conversation going among board members. Some Indiana University students are currently "striking" their classes because tuition is too high.
First, I had no idea students could do this. Second, I for one think this might be the dumbest thing I've ever heard of. IU's tuition with Room & Board is $18,888 a year. Equally as large schools in the area such as Purdue ($20,278), Ball State ($16,868), Indiana State ($19,716), and, ahem, Notre Dame ($60,117) pay just as much if not considerably more than IU students.
I'm not justifying the price of attending college, it's outrageous. I guess the point I'm trying to make is IU students are being unreasonable. All college kids struggle to make ends meet, and you don't see them "striking" because of tuition costs. While IU students strike, I'm taking my happy ass to class, getting my degree, and not complaining about it.
Probably a good move on your part. No reason to complain about something that your not going to be able to change over night. Nearly 20K A year is a lot of money for anything, but it is the same nearly everywhere in any state.
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If you don't like it go to another school!!
The reason they can charge that much is that it weeds out people. Just a case of supply and demand...just like any other product that is sold.
Indy, is there any other information regarding the students' displeasure? I could see a strike being justifiable if IU was planning on hiking up tuition for no good reason, but as you've said, they're currently not asking for an above-average amount to the majority of other state schools.
I do believe that collectively, the level of tuition at most colleges and universities is high. $20K a year is a lot of money, and when you compound that with the fear of possibly being limited in your career path without a degree, you create big fear in kids coming out of high school and their parents as well.
No, IU has no planned tuition hikes to anger the students. They're just striking because they have the right to.
I understand their reason to strike. What aggravates me is that they really have no reason to strike. Like stated, their tuition is no worse than most other schools. Plus now students are running into lecture halls screaming "strike" at the top of their lungs and interrupting class. I respect their right to strike until the interrupt the students who chose to go to class like the rest of us.
Makes no sense to me. Then again, I went to a school where tuition was five grand a year so I never really complained
Yea, there's absolutely no reason for that. I understand that there's frustration at the system for the hefty price put on the prerequisites to a career path someone wants to pursue, but there are other options available to them, and it's completely the wrong stage upon which to try and get their message across. Sometimes you've just gotta accept that some people are crybabies. "I want to go to this specific institution, but the tuition is too high for me . Oh well, I'll still go, but then I'll complain about the tuition being too high for me!"
Indyvol, I agree. I'm paying 28,000/yr where I go (Trevecca Nazarene University, in Nashville) and I'm just focused on getting my degree. Liberal Arts Universities do cost more on average, but it's the best fit for me so I went. I'll bit the bullet in some student loans later on but for now I'm not complaining at all. It's a privilege to be able to get a college education; even if it is priced pretty high. Sounds like those kids at IU are pretty ungrateful...to the university and their parents. JMO
This post was edited by Fear_Smokey 12 months ago
"What did he do? All he did was score!" - John Ward
This is like ordering pizza, paying over the phone, and then refusing to eat it when the delivery guy shows up.
"When we step on that football field, everyone flips a switch. And it's on..." - Butch Jones
As a public college administrator I can assure you that you are doing the correct thing. Your professors and administrators do not like the rising costs of tuition any more than you do, especially considering the fact that budgets and positions are being cut in higher education across the nation. Stay your course friend and you will be fine.
This is just my opinion, but the fact that I was able to work full-time in my chosen profession while attending school full-time and had zero out-of-pocket cost in addition to receiving a $1500/month tax free stipend show that former service members do have some great benefits and that America's youth often times should not be in college immediately following high school.
By serving 4 years in the military, you can not only gain valuable job skills and possible direction towards a career path, but your veteran status gains access to the GI Bill that will provide you with full funding to complete a degree within 36 months. In order to receive my stipend, I had to complete three classes per quarter, so 12 per year. With most degree programs requiring 40 class to degree, the 36 I would have taken at that rate plus military training that is eligible for college credit (normally most of the electives) made completing my degree incredibly easy.
My point is that instead of racking back breaking debt in student loans before you ever have a chance to experience life, more youth should look towards providing service to their country and then reap the rewards for their service.
Definitely the case for some.
I was fairly war-averse, so I went with an expensive degree. It's paid off for me.
I can completely understand that, but an option that some don't realize is the Coast Guard gets the same benefits, atleast for educational stuff. Patrolling the Caribbean for pirates and smugglers is typically the closest those guys come to war.
Well, you can get pretty seasick when storms blow in....
Ya know, so much of it is timing. I knew I was going to be a finance/real estate guy so at that time it looked really appealing to go to an expensive, high-reputation school. I graduated high school in 2005, so the stock market was killing it, real estate was unstoppable, and so on.
Obviously that blew up in my face, as I graduated in 2009 when no one was hiring finance people (I got lucky), and if I'd been making the college decision then it may have been different for me.
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