Lower caps for higher ed | Arkansas Blog

Monday, January 5, 2009

Lower caps for higher ed

Posted By on Mon, Jan 5, 2009 at 8:55 AM

Arkansas Higher Ed director Jim Purcell makes the argument to Arkansas Business that the caps on public college scholarships needs to lowered to ease the burden on non-scholarship students.

He gave an example of a hypothetical college - he called it "Floyd University" - with an enrollment of 6,000 full-time students and an annual budget of $27 million in income from tuition and fees.

If none of those 6,000 students had a scholarship, the school could charge each student only $4,500 per year to meet its budget. If the college, however, gives full scholarships to 30 percent of those hypothetical students, that leaves only 4,200 students to carry the financial load. Those 4,200 would have to pay $6,429 per year, an increase of almost 43 percent in their tuition.

Arkansas is poor; he says; its college tuition is too high. (As a parent who'll be paying that tuition in a couple of years, I say Amen to that, unless someone can set me straight.)


From the ArkTimes store


Comments (8)

Showing 1-8 of 8

Add a comment

Subscribe to this thread:
Showing 1-8 of 8

Add a comment

More by Max Brantley

Readers also liked…

  • Super Bowl line

    Over to you.
    • Feb 7, 2016
  • Police identify two women found fatally shot on Chicot Road

    Little Rock police have identified two women found dead of gunshot wounds in an SUV parked next to a vacant trailer in a mobile home park at 11500 Chicot Road.
    • May 16, 2017
  • Auditor Lea caught not telling the truth

    State Auditor Andrea Lea, who began her tenure in statewide office with a degree of competence unseen in some other Republican counterparts (think Treasurer Dennis Milligan particularly), is becoming more deeply mired in a political scandal.
    • Mar 4, 2016

Most Shared

  • Lynchings hidden in the history of the Hot Springs Confederate monument

    Hot Springs twice erupted into the kind of violence that has its roots in the issues left unresolved by the Civil War, and both times, it happened right where that monument to Confederate soldiers stands today.
  • Take yourself there: Mavis Staples coming to LR for Central High performance

    Gospel and R&B singer and civil rights activist Mavis Staples, who has been inspiring fans with gospel-inflected freedom songs like "I'll Take You There" and "March Up Freedom's Highway" and the poignant "Oh What a Feeling" will come to Little Rock for the commemoration of the 60th anniversary of the desegregation of Central High.
  • Klan's president

    Everything that Donald Trump does — make that everything that he says — is calculated to thrill his lustiest disciples. But he is discovering that what was brilliant for a politician is a miscalculation for a president, because it deepens the chasm between him and most Americans.
  • On Charlottesville

    Watching the Charlottesville spectacle from halfway across the country, I confess that my first instinct was to raillery. Vanilla ISIS, somebody called this mob of would-be Nazis. A parade of love-deprived nerds marching bravely out of their parents' basements carrying tiki torches from Home Depot.

Most Viewed

Most Recent Comments



© 2017 Arkansas Times | 201 East Markham, Suite 200, Little Rock, AR 72201
Powered by Foundation