Was listening to the radio on the way home from picking up my son from school and heard an interesting story concerning fees at U-Mass:
Tuition and fees at the University of Massachusetts system will rise by an average of nearly 16 percent following a vote by the UMass board of trustees’ finance committee.
The committee approved the fee increase with a 7-2 vote today, although the increase still needs final approval from the full board of trustees, which meets next on Feb. 27 in Dartmouth. The proposal would increase the average annual tuition and fees for in-state undergraduates to $11,048 from $9,548 at UMass schools in the next academic year, an average increase of $1,500. The increase is aimed at partially offsetting an anticipated $102 million reduction in state funding in the coming fiscal year that starts on July 1.
An interesting tidbit follows:
The UMass committee approved language that would allow for a rebate, depending on the amount of federal funds the university receives from the recently-passed federal economic stimulus package.
In other words UMass is using the Stimulus package like every other Federal Package, as an excuse to increase its own fees and take the federal funds as their own.
The primary reason why college costs have gone up so much is that the taxpayer is footing the bill, as federal monies go up so do the fees. Instant liberal cash cow.
If you wonder why colleges are so liberal and so in favor of government spending, this is why.