I worry a lot. I’m always worrying about something. I’m really good at it. Worrywart for hire!
Today I’m worrying about how on earth my grandkids are going to get a college education in this state. Public education, you say? University of Colorado, perhaps? After all, Grandma went there for a year, and she paid out-of-state tuition to do it!
Well, the Board of Regents at CU just voted to raise in-state tuition by 8.7% for the Boulder campus for next year. Tolerable for one year, maybe, but that’s been the approximate increase every year for the last five years. I don’t know how any student or student’s parents can deal with increases like that.
According to one of the regents who voted against the increase, “since the 2001-02 school year, tuition and fees will have gone from $4,323 a year to $10,186 a year, with the upcoming 8.7% bump. That’s an increase of 136 percent.”
Regents claim the big hike is necessary. They say they need to increase faculty and staff salaries to compete with other schools that would recruit them, and thus voted them a 3.1% salary increase. (Hmm, do regents count as “faculty”?) Also, reportedly, Colorado ranks a pathetic 48th in supporting its higher education institutions, so tuition has to make up for that lack of support.
Yet at the same time, out-of-state tuition was only increased 1.9%. Regents didn’t want to “discourage” those students from coming to CU. And they’ve actually lowered tuition for the state’s undocumented immigrants.
Maybe my son could move out of state and then send the kids back here as out-of-state students. Or maybe they’ll earn full scholarships to Stanford or Harvard or someplace else. Then again, maybe they won’t even go to college. Who knows? They’re only 7 and 10 right now.
Still, I worry.