The Finch Formerly Known As Gold

26 June 2003

Tuition pinch

Most states, it seems, are running in the red these days, and Oklahoma, which by law must balance its budget each year, is having the sort of problems you'd expect.

There being essentially no support for tax hikes — and how surprising is that? — the state is doing what it can. Funds for higher education were cut this year by about 9 percent, with the expected result: state tuition will be rising sharply. Smaller state schools may see increases of 15 to 20 percent; the University of Oklahoma will charge returning students 27 percent more, and incoming freshmen will be hit with a 39-percent bounce.

It could be argued, I suppose, that state tuition was underpriced to begin with, and certainly I don't have a problem with users of a service paying the costs of that service. Still, this seems like an awfully large compensation for a relatively small subsidy cut.

Posted at 7:30 AM to Soonerland


Teenager: "My boss at the 7-Eleven cut my wages by 25 cents an hour, Dad. I need you to quadruple my allowance to make up for it."

Dad: "No problem, son. I'll just get my boss to add a couple of zeroes onto my salary."

Posted by: McGehee at 8:39 AM on 26 June 2003

Welcome to the world of "college math".

Posted by: Cam at 10:11 PM on 26 June 2003