University Tuition Fees
Some University Policy makers have viewed the increased college tuition fees as a means of dealing with the economic crisis of the early 2000s. The need for universities more resources have also increased. In addition, the facilities needed for technical courses such as engineering are necessary and the institution cannot offer such courses without proper facilities. To be able to finance such facilities, tuition fee must be increased. Education is expensive and is high time we started realizing the real price of education. Any person who is ready to get good education must be ready to pay for it. That is the truth.
However, some also argue that it is not fair for the rate to be equal in all faculties. I agree that the students who major in technical courses should pay more tuition fees than the ones who major in other courses such as social sciences. When the institution locates funds to various faculties some get more than others because of their high budget. Courses such as environmental are full of field works and trips. The university must find a good way of solving the discrepancy between the university revenue and expenditures. The colleges in most of the states charge a uniform tuition fee without considering the course difference and their requirements. We need to follow the good example of University of Phoenix that announced last year that they will not raise the University tuition fee. This was a decision reached in the effort to encourage and facilitate higher education for all persons irrespective of his age. According to Dr. Bill Pepicello, president, University of Phoenix, “For too long, rising tuition rates have presented an unacceptable barrier to higher education at colleges and universities throughout the country” (University of Phoenix). He acknowledged the step taken by the University to freeze tuition fee. He stated “Today, university of Phoenix is taking an important step towards making college a more affordable reality. No student of this university - whether new or existing - will pay increased tuition while earning a degree here, as long as they meet eligibility requirements and remain consistently enrolled. It's the right thing to do” (University of Phoenix). Most Adult students hate the criteria used to design how tuition fees are charged by the University. One could apply for a degree Bachelor of Biomedical science but was denied a chance. Later, they decide to take a course in social sciences. The problem arose when he was charged the same fee just like they charge people taking technical courses. This was not fair at all. Adult students do not enjoy using most of the facilities as much as the rest in some faculties. They only operate in lecture halls and library while some of colleagues use laboratory equipments, travel for field works and other practical activities that use a lot of money. It would be more preferable if the tuition fees were to be charged according to each course a student is taking, the facilities being used. Some would ask,” Are we paying for others to enjoy some facilities on our behalf? As an adult student, some special consideration should be given to us. We have children and we also take them to school. All that is money being spent but education is for all and therefore it should aim at accommodating all of us irrespective of age. I would be happy if the policy is implemented." Another group of adult students, however, feels that the costs of a product and in this case, education, may have a bearing on the quality of education being dispensed in an institution. Thus, they would not mind the cost of tuition fees being high. They too have children and as such, they have experienced the pain they have gone through in getting them education, even in lower levels and realize that it is the quality that actually matters. University Students on the other hand, argue that although the University tuition fee is relatively high in the...
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