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Reaction To Increased Tution

            Tuition deregulation is a delicate issue that affects us all. Texas" two largest universities (A&M and UT) have raised this question and stand to gain the most while risking the least. They receive more than five times as much scholarship and fellowship money. Tech has more students that receive little or no financial than either other school (according to statistics from the 2000-2001 school year.) We also have less scholarship and fellowship money. Less affluent families stand to loose the most, since even small tuition increases may pose hardships. Two years ago, in Ohio, the legislature removed the cap on tuition increases. Now the governor is trying to replace them. This author is not opposed to tuition deregulation, however believes that careful consideration is necessary. This article is from the Lubbock Avalanche-Journal 2/16/03. .
             I agree with the author's opinion that tuition deregulation is not completely bad, just needs to be considered from all points of view. The more tuition increases, the less people will be able to attend. Education is one of the five potential economic problems that may require government intervention. Tuition has gone up in the past and will continue to increase. We need to make sure that it does not increase so fast that large amounts of people can no longer afford higher education. If less people go to college, the value of education will increase. However, less people in college could also lead to a large unskilled workforce. According to the business cycle everything will eventually return to a prosperous time, but I do not see how this could happen with less skilled workers. These are some of the reasons careful consideration is required. What if we use a progressive (the more you make, the more you pay) way to pay for college? This would not affect scholarships, admissions, or other university money. It would make those who can afford to pay more do so.

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