Wednesday, August 05, 2009

Where Does the Tuition Go?

While I understand that a college needs to make capital improvements, this seems like really poor planning. It seems that someone should have realized that these repairs would be required and budgeted well in advance for the funding to pay for it. What if the state had said no? Would they have had to close the main academic building and the student center? Or would they have been able to move forward - either without the repairs or funding the repairs in some other way. Seems like an awful financial burden to put on the backs of students during tough economic times. Also, is this a one-time fee or is this $1,000 capital improvement fee forever part of the tuition - I hope not.

N.J. college to raise tuition, fees by 12 percent
Officials have allowed a New Jersey college to boost tuition and fees by more than 12 percent.

Ramapo College got permission to exceed a state-mandated 3 percent cap by assessing a separate capital improvement fee of $1,000 for each full-time student.

The school says it needs to repair the main academic building's roof and the heating and air conditioning system at the student center.

Ramapo's tuition and fees will cost $12,088 for the 2009-10 school year.

The state had capped tuition increases as a condition of getting federal stimulus money.

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