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UW Election Eye 2012

Campaign 2012 through the eyes of UW faculty and students

Topic: Tuition

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October 18, 2012 at 7:10 AM

Elephant in the election room: cost of higher education

With the cost of higher education rising along with the level of student debt upon graduation, politicians at the national and state level need to address the issue frankly and provide real solutions. The average college student in Washington State graduates with over $22,000 of student debt. (Photo courtesy of Getty Images.) SEATTLE — As a…

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June 4, 2012 at 7:42 AM

The two UWs: Whether in Washington or Wisconsin, college degrees don’t come cheap

The University of Washington and the University of Wisconsin-Madison share more than initials; both universities and their students are struggling with the rising costs of education and its impact on the quality of education.

MILWAUKEE — This Sunday, the Foster School of Business graduation ceremony marked the end of Cheney Ferrell’s four years at the UW. And although she has worked 20 hours a week since the beginning of her sophomore year of college to make ends meet, Sunday’s graduation also triggered the six-month countdown until she starts paying back about $15,000 in loans.

Figure: Over the last 30 years, the average cost of undergraduate tuition at a 4-year university has more than doubled in terms of its percentage of the median household income. (Provided by the Center for College Affordability and Productivity)

For another UW student — a University of Wisconsin-Madison student — graduation might mean the same thing in a few years. Jensen Trotter just finished up his sophomore year at UW-Madison and is looking for another job, since his and 18 other positions at the campus’ Multicultural Student Coalition were recently cut. Although he hasn’t taken out much money in loans so far, thanks to a small amount of federal aid and savings from his parents, Trotter knows the financial responsiblity that comes with getting a college degree.

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