By Julian Wilson
Is getting a college degree worth the amount that it costs? With the current conditions of the economy, and jobs requiring denser skill sets, is the price of a college tuition affordable or is there an underlying problem with it?
In an article, “Debt by Degrees” by James Surowiecki, published on The New Yorker’s website, he states, “The piles of student loans are due largely to the fact that the cost of a college degree has been going up much faster than people’s incomes.”
LIU Post students sounded off concerning the topic of tuition prices, and gave ideas as to where the money should be spent in order to help better the school.
Freshman Broadcasting major Brittany Mitchell said, ”I think that the tuition is a bit too high because sometimes it is hard to see where the money is actually going.” In her opinion, an ideal tuition should be somewhere around ”$22,000,” an amount Mitchell referred to as ”plausible.”
”There are definitely some areas that need improvement,” Mitchell added. ”As a resident, I would say the dorms need a lot of renovations.”
Freshman Broadcasting major Samantha Negron agrees with Mitchell’s notion that the tuition of LIU Post is not an ideal number.
”The tuition is too high because myself, as well as others, struggle to pay tuition. For me, an ideal tuition for LIU Post would probably be between $20,000 to $25,000, because it would be more affordable,” she said.
Negron was asked if she believed she was getting her money’s worth out of college, specifically at LIU Post. ”In the long run, yes. Essentially, you are fulfilling your degree requirements that set you apart from other qualified degree recipients,” Negron said.
In terms of where she would like to see her money spent, Negron stated, ”Better facilities because the interior needs work.”
Senior Public Relations major Devan Farrell desires a change in the price of tuition as well. ”I think the tuition is way too expensive when we don’t even have smart boards in each class room. I think tuition for Post should be around $10,000 a semester,” Farrell said.
For possible suggestions to the university, Farrell stated, ”I think the actual classrooms could be better. Also 24-hour dining like they have at other universities.”
Tuition is rising, and for some universities like LIU Post, students would like to see changes in the future to help benefit their overall college experience. Changes may not happen overnight, but it is important to remember that making suggestions may help along the way.