… or it will spread like wildfire:
University of Akron’s juniors and seniors will pay 12 percent more despite tuition freeze
The University of Akron is boosting the annual cost of most juniors and seniors by 12 percent despite a state-imposed ban on tuition increases at public universities.
UA officials on Monday described the $50-per-credit-hour charge on 300- and 400-level courses as a new fee rather than a tuition increase, but at least one student accused the school of trying to circumvent the rules.
“From where I sit, my tuition has risen 12 percent,” UA senior Jeff Schackleton told Northeast Ohio Media Group. “This seems a little underhanded.”
The charge is tied to the number of credit hours. It’s a tuition increase on a largely captive audience, especially at this point (maybe seven weeks before classes begin), on all upperclass persons.
I don’t want to hear another word from any U of Akron officials or faculty criticizing anyone else’s business practices or ethics.
Also, there’s this:
The university also increased its facilities fee from $18.55 to $28.50 a credit hour to retire the debt incurred from new buildings, including InfoCision Stadium. The fee, capped at 12 credit hours, is assessed to students attending classes on the main campus in Akron.
The schoool also added a $75 per semester fee for students in its Honors College.
The total cost of attending Akron for juniors and seniors looks like it went up more like 14 percent if you include the facilities fee.
I also don’t want to hear another word from any of these people about individual or corporate greed. Make no mistake; part of the calculus here is that “well, they can just borrow more money, so it won’t hurt ‘em a bit.” Until later.
If the Legislature doesn’t act, it will show that there’s no control mechanism present to prevent such greed at Ohio public-sector universities. Others will follow Akron’s “lead.”