Follow us:

Northwest Voices

Seattle Times letters to the editor

September 9, 2014 at 6:04 AM

Tuition: Gone are the days of affordable college

I still remember my University of Washington student number: 7124795. The “71” refers to the year I entered: 1971. I got a bachelor’s degree in Business in 1979 and an M.B.A. in 1981. During my entire course of undergraduate work, tuition never increased. It was $288 a quarter for in-state students. I had a studio apartment in the University District for $96 a month.

By 1976, I was living in a one-bedroom apartment in Wallingford for $130 a month. I had been working for a couple of years and decided to go back to school in 1976. My firm laid me off so I could collect unemployment. I was able to live in my $130-a-month apartment and go to the UW on what I got from unemployment.

Back then, we were able to get a good education without incurring thousands — or hundreds of thousands — worth of debt. It saddens me when I read articles like “Rent hikes magnify high cost of a UW education” [Local News, Sept. 6]. The days of being able to put yourself through school are clearly eroding away.

Michele Garrigues, Issaquah

Comments | More in College | Topics: college, Michele Garrigues, tuition

COMMENTS

No personal attacks or insults, no hate speech, no profanity. Please keep the conversation civil and help us moderate this thread by reporting any abuse. See our Commenting FAQ.



The opinions expressed in reader comments are those of the author only, and do not reflect the opinions of The Seattle Times.


The Seattle Times

The door is closed, but it's not locked.

Take a minute to subscribe and continue to enjoy The Seattle Times for as little as 99 cents a week.

Subscription options ►

Already a subscriber?

We've got good news for you. Unlimited seattletimes.com content access is included with most subscriptions.

Subscriber login ►
The Seattle Times

To keep reading, you need a subscription upgrade.

We hope you have enjoyed your complimentary access. For unlimited seattletimes.com access, please upgrade your digital subscription.

Call customer service at 1.800.542.0820 for assistance with your upgrade or questions about your subscriber status.

The Seattle Times

To keep reading, you need a subscription.

We hope you have enjoyed your complimentary access. Subscribe now for unlimited access!

Subscription options ►

Already a subscriber?

We've got good news for you. Unlimited seattletimes.com content access is included with most subscriptions.

Activate Subscriber Account ►