Tuesday, June 10, 2008

UW Tuition to Rise 5.5%, Largely in Response to Initiatives Supported by United Council

Like I said before, The United Council of UW Students has a terrible problem (called Liberalism) in which they continue to recklessly demand funds from the state for higher education, whether they be loans, grants, remissions, or other initiatives ("Civil Rights" and Green initiatives for example). United Council rarely does their own economic impact study, nor do they care about where that money comes from, as long as they get it.

Well, now it's come to bite them in the ass:

Students who are resident undergraduates at four-year schools in the University of Wisconsin System would pay 5.5% more for their tuition this fall - in part to subsidize tuition for veterans, who can go to public colleges here for free under state law.
Unfortunately, this bites the rest of us in the ass too. While I am all for cutting the costs of education for veterans, is it absolutely necessary to provide 100% remission? Was 50% not generous enough, especially once considering other benefits such as the G.I. Bill, Chapter 31 program, and other programs specifically for veterans in higher education?

Throw this on top of substantially decreased state revenue and a running deficit, as well as an already over burdened UW System and what did you expect to happen?

The United Council of UW Students supports the GI Bill but doesn't think the money for it should be from on other students' backs, said Patrick O'Connell, the group's spokesman.

That's the same way UW-Milwaukee student and Iraq war veteran Anthony DeWees feels.

"I just don't think it's right that the state has decided not to fulfill its promise to veterans and has passed the buck on to students," said DeWees, who receives the tuition benefit.

Just like tuition shouldn't be from the back of students? Not surprising, coming from a group that uses the premise "Education is a Right" as their bedrock philosophy.

Secondly, just what promise is he talking about? I don't ever remember the state making any promise for education for veteran's, short of the original 50% remission program. And what does that have to do with increasing tuition? Tuition is a huge component of system revenue. When you increase burdens on the system, the system will require more money. Easiest and most rational way? Tuition.

Chew on that for next time.

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