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Thursday, January 25, 2007

Balancing the Budget on the Backs of Students

In the spirit of our previous two blogs (here and here), this little feast of numbers examines Higher Education funding from 1991 to 2007, alongside growth in enrollment and tuition.

Check it out. State funding is steady, but you'll notice a drastic upswing in tuition cost after 2001. As that continues, enrollment begins to drop.

Important Questions:
  • Have we financed the increased cost of Higher Ed on the backs of our students?

  • Have we begun to price our own children out of the college market?


Blogger Utah Taxpayer said...

Thanks for posting this valuable information.

The Utah Foundation and the Daily Herald argue that public university tuition should be excluded from tax and fee burden calculations because they are "non-mandatory" fees. However, this presents several problems. Click here http://utahtaxpayer.blogspot.com/2006/09/are-utahs-tax-and-fee-burdens.html to read our response which deals with the data the Senate site has presented.

1/25/2007 11:24 PM  
Blogger Utah Taxpayer said...

Next week, the Taxpayers Association will present a report as to why higher education funding has shifted to tuition.

1/25/2007 11:25 PM  
Anonymous UU student said...

I'm not sure what these numbers are. I've been a student at UU the last few years, and I know tuition increased almost 10% a year, but this shows tuition increased 40% from 2002 to 2003 and another 40% from 2003 to 2004.

1/26/2007 12:56 PM  
Anonymous Justin said...

It shows the percentage increase of tution over the level of fiscal year 1990. I don't know what tuition rates were like in 1990 in terms of actual numbers, but if it was around $400 for the equivalent of a full-time semester semester in 1990, and your tuition went up 10% from $1500 last year to $1650 this year, that $150 difference would be close to a 40% increase over the amount paid in 1990.

I just wrote a check last week for $1050 for 3 hours of graduate-level credit. I know what the increase in tuition feels like.

It's interesting how the older generations think they can shaft the young like this. Whom do the baby boomers expect is going to fund their Social Security and Medicare payments when the younger generation could never afford to get good jobs?

1/26/2007 7:31 PM  
Anonymous colletcing taxes said...

With the UTA, we're sure to have an "unbiased" report.

1/28/2007 3:06 PM  
Anonymous Tom Grover said...

Given these facts, and others, why would the State of Utah want to expand the role and financial need of UVSC? The aggregate demand is certainly not there!

UVSC becoming a University is nothing more than the Utah County delegation bringing home the bacon.

In the long run, it will merely increase the amount of fixed costs carried by all students at all of Utah's colleges and Universities.

I graduated from Utah State University- and I paid for the whole damn thing myself by working 2 jobs the first 2 years and 3 the last 2.5 years.

I fear my children will not be so fortunate and wonder if our great land grant University will even be accessible to them.

2/02/2007 12:36 AM  

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