Many families across Mississippi are still struggling with the economic downturn we have experienced. Families with children in college find it tough to pay for tuition and all the other fees associated with a college education. Now the college board has given approval for a 14% increase over the next two years at state colleges.
Almost every year, the cost goes up. Because of that, the number of young Mississippians who can afford to go to college goes down. Add the yearly increases in room and board and it's even more expensive.
If businesses told their customers they were going up 14% in two years, there would be a huge outcry with customers looking for other suppliers.
College officials say state funding has been cut, and the increases are needed to make up the difference. But placing the burden on the backs of students and their parents is not the answer. If this keeps up, only those with wealthy parents will be able to afford go to college.
We have a better idea. Colleges should do what every other business and government agency in America has done. Cut back, and do more with less. Tough economic times call for tough choices. Now is the time to make them,
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