Wednesday, November 11, 2009

College loans could contribute to tuition hikes

By Jeremy Davis

Posted by Leah Gorham

It’s safe to say the hardest part to stomach about college is the tuition fees.

In order to combat the rising tuition rates, students engage in a staple ritual of college life: obtaining student loans.

Without them, most of us wouldn’t be able pursue a college career or afford the outrageous tuition. But most of us never thought one major culprit contributing to rising college costs may actually be the loans themselves, government-guaranteed student loans in particular.

College tuition increases all the time, and as we know, UC is no different, with a possible increase in tuition for the 2010-11 school year.

As it stands now, yearly tuition rates at UC for the 2009-10 academic years are currently $9,399 for in-state undergraduates and $12,723 for in-state graduates. Only a decade ago, yearly tuition rates were $4,998 for in-state undergraduates and about $5,880 for in-state graduates for the 1999-2000 academic year. Tuition has nearly doubled in 10 years; that’s a painful and significant difference.

So the more tuition goes up, the more loans students take out, which in turn will contribute to future increases, keeping the cycle going.

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