Possible tuition increase not settling well with students
Published: Thursday, February 28, 2013
Updated: Thursday, February 28, 2013 22:02
The prospect of higher tuition caused by the proposed state budget cuts has raised concerns among Marshall University students.
For the second time in two years, Marshall tuition could rise if Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin’s proposed state budget is implemented.
Marshall President Stephen Kopp told the Board of Governors Monday that the university is facing a possible 8.94 percent cut in state funding, which would amount to $6.5 million for all Marshall operations. As a result, tuition might have to increase $700 to offset the cuts.
During the 2011-2012 school year the cost of tuition went from $2,824 to $2,965 for in-state students.
The thought of paying more is not something current students are accepting with welcoming arms.
Bria Armstrong, a sophomore pre-pharmacy major from Beckley, W.Va., said she does not feel students are being thought of in the proposals.
“It’s unfair to current students at Marshall because they, their means of finances and education are being disregarded,” Armstrong said. “Students already work and earn scholarships to meet the minimum costs of tuition.”
Other students are already feeling the pressure of possibly paying more out of pocket for their education.
Khiry Starghill, sophomore performance theater major from Logan, W.Va., said students are already under stress with education costs in general.
“I’m supporting myself and this is going to put me in a bind,” Stargill said. “We are already struggling the way it is.”
Starghill said he feels Marshall students deserve an explanation of where the extra tuition money is going.
Cheryl Vanscoy, forensic chemistry junior from Chesapeake, Va., said she is going to have to search for more scholarships to cover tuition if the proposal passes.
“I’m going to be in debt the rest of my life. I’m serious,” Vanscoy said.
Kopp told the Board of Governors, Monday, that he thought there were other ways for the state to save money than to cut funding for higher education.
The state Legislature is expected to approve the state budget by April.
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