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My College Cost

I just got my tuition bill from my community college for this upcoming fall semester, and it was $670!! And I’m only taking two classes!
Buried in the bill is the customary:
Development fee–$15.00
Enrollment service fee–$30.00
General fee—$110.00
Parking fee –$10.00
Technology fee– $50.00
I also noticed that the cost per credit rose to $91. Yeah, I know everything is costing more these days, but what the heck do I need to pay all those other “fees” for? A general fee? What’s that? It’s like they couldn’t justify raising the price of a credit so they just *added* a “general” fee to gloss over what you are actually paying per credit. When I did the math it turns out to be $134 per credit!
Now I see that Rutgers University is raising their tuition, by 8.5%, making it one of the most expensive public universities in the country. Yippee, just when I’m considering transferring there…I just LOVE New Jersey!

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posted July 17, 2008 at 9:12 pm

Count you lucky stars that you are going to a community college.
Lucky also for you that liberals made sure those schools were subsidized, to keep the attendance costs as low as they are.

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posted July 17, 2008 at 10:45 pm

And lucky for you that the taxpayers of New Jersey have kept that community college tuition so low. Here in Iowa my daughter just finished her 2 year stint at the local CC. During her last semester she paid $121 per credit hour, plus all those other fees.
And then today we took her to the four year university where she will transfer in the fall. Talk about sticker shock!!
And parking fee of $10!!! That is a STEAL, even compared to here in Iowa. The CC charges $40 for parking sticker for the year. And the university is going to charge $79 for the privilege of parking for the year out in the back 40, some half mile from her academic buildings.
You have it good, dear. Be thankful.

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posted July 17, 2008 at 11:04 pm

I think you should also note the reason given for Rutger’s tuition hike.
“The increase is due, in part, to a 10.8 percent cutback in state aid this year, officials said.”
This is what happens when you cut the state budget, Michele. The costs have to be paid somewhere by someone. When the state cuts the budget, the costs fall on those using the services.
Isn’t that what conservatives would call “personal responsibility?”

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posted July 18, 2008 at 3:20 am

I just got my tuition bill from my community college for this upcoming fall semester, and it was $670!! And I’m only taking two classes!
You get zero sympathy from me. I’m taking three classes this summer and I’ve paid about $6,000 in tuition and books. My fall schedule of 12 hours will run me about $8,000. And I’m not using financial aid or student loans– I’m paying it out in installments as I go, and plan to be paid in full by the time I graduate.
Of course, I’m going to a private Catholic university here in Texas, so my costs are far higher than anyone in a public school, much less a community college. In any event, spare me the whining about paying far less than I do for just one class. I’m not impressed.

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posted July 18, 2008 at 8:00 am

Susan, don’t let the cost deter you … from transferring, either. Those fees add up, I know, and there’s no assurance that you’ll ever use those services that you’re paying for.
I’ve never attended a community college, so I don’t know how to relate exactly. Credits at Monmouth U. were $300 each when I was there ten years ago. I thought it was worth it … at least the time. :-)

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posted July 18, 2008 at 10:06 am

“You get zero sympathy from me. …I’m going to a private Catholic university”
Way to be a good Catholic by telling Michelle to go jump in a lake, LJG. I’m sure Mary would approve.
The reason colleg costs are going up is that college is in high demand. We’re telling EVERYBODY that they HAVE to go to college even if they’re not suited for it.

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Susan Johnson

posted July 18, 2008 at 1:07 pm

Thanks for the encouragement Moonshadow. It’s a rare commodity from commenter’s on this blog(::
No, I won’t let the cost discourage me. I still think it will be worth it too.

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posted July 18, 2008 at 8:56 pm

of all the rises in various expenses, education is one that you shouldn’t skimp on. don’t give up. it’s more expensive at 4 year universities here in colorado, too, but the community colleges are still almost affordable.
unfortunately, our former governor bill owens did plenty of damage to the state budget and whacked state funding for higher education. he had it out for that “liberal” bastion and made it known. i won’t miss that scum.

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posted August 1, 2008 at 12:41 pm

$670 for two classes is nothing now-a-days! I’m taking one class at a Community college, tuition, fees, and books totaled $637. And that was with my employee discount!

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