Tuition increase is unjustified

Editorial cartoon by Jason D. Cox
Editorial cartoon by Jason D. Cox

Attention students: Prepare to empty your wallets, max out your credit cards and expand your debt as you pursue your education at the University of La Verne.

A 6.5 percent increase in tuition has been approved for the 2012-2013 school year, bringing tuition up to $33,350, which is $2,050 more than for the 2011-2012 school year.

The class of 2013 will be paying $5,100 more per year for their tuition than they did when they were freshman.

The reasons for the increase were to help provide more financial aid for the growing student body and pay for growing cost of living expenses.

Current students have to pay more for their education, but are not necessarily receiving a larger aid package to help compensate for the raise in cost.

If students are required to pay more into financial aid, it is only fair that they see some increase in what they receive, even if it is a small amount.

Tuition is not the only fee that is being significantly raised in fall 2012.

Parking permits will cost $95 for a year or $50 for a semester, which is a $55 increase for the yearly permit and $25 increase for the semester permit.

A lengthy, verbose PDF was emailed to notify students, faculty and staff of the increase in parking fees, which caused an immediate uproar in the student body.

The issue with the email was not just the fact that permit costs were being doubled, but the way it was phrased.

The message from the school let everyone know that La Verne’s new permit costs were “still one-third of what many of La Verne’s peer institutions charge,” as if students are supposed to feel privileged that they will only have to pay twice as much as they previously did, just to drive around in circles for 45 minutes while trying to find a parking spot in the brand new, luxurious 386-space parking lot.

A wordy explanation of how the decision was reached made up the bulk of the message, which let students know that there will continue to be satellite parking and a shuttle to make up for the lack of parking on campus, and the parking fee increase is going to subsidize the service.

The email was not full of information intended to notify the campus of the upcoming parking situation; it was full of wordy excuses that were intended to appease a student body that was going to be upset.

Students understand that there are times that fees need to be increased to keep up with inflation and help keep the campus running well; they do not need to be pandered to give other shallow excuses, such as the price tag on their diploma is an image issue.

Do not give students reasons like, “The University is only doing what other local private schools are doing.”

Many students chose to go to La Verne because it provides a quality private education at a reasonable cost.

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