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  •  It breaks my heart and makes me so angry! (3+ / 0-)
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    marina, Bronx59, opinionated

    I was in the last generation to have affordable college.  Mid 1980s my highly regarded Land Grant univ. I recall room and board under $2,000 a semester.  A much younger college of mine graduated last year from the same place.  She told me that the tuition sadly has increased ten-fold.

    Tuition costs have risen exponentially due to state cutbacks in funding.  We are now asking individuals to basically pay the entire cost of their education -- we no longer have "public" universities.  SIGH.  We must right this wrong ASAP.

    •  My first year's tuition (2+ / 0-)
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      akeitz, opinionated

      My first year's tuition was $1000, taking a full load of classes. I lived at home and went to a state university. That was 1980. I was able to pay for my entire education with my own money, grants, and loans for which my payment was around $70 a month.

      A couple of years ago, I took one class at that same school and it was over $600.  Luckily for me, my company has tuition reimbursement.

      It's awful that people who want a college education can't get one without having to take out massive loans and start their careers in terrible debt.

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