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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.)


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