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Published: Thursday, April 3 2014 12:00 a.m. MDT

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sisucas
San Bernardino, CA

Once again, the root of this problem is our government. They guaranteed loans to students and thus ensured a never-ending and ever growing supply of money to colleges. Our colleges in turn have gone on massive building sprees, throwing up Taj Mahals of learning, filled with unnecessarily expensive modern technology. Professors are getting tenured eariler and more easily, and useless majors which offer no guarantee of employment are being offered all over the country. Right here in Utah goverment loans are used to pay $15000 for a one year course in hair cutting or massage therapy. That's close to what I paid for graduate school tuition, for a degree that guaranteed me a robust six figure income. Trim away the false government money and the system will once again become dependent on free market economics. If the program benefits don't clearly outweigh the cost, nobody will buy it. Right now the upfront "free" money doesn't allow people to see the real cost and lack of value.

george of the jungle
goshen, UT

Wow, I guess that gratitude for ya.

Fitness Freak
Salt Lake City, UT

As long as the government keeps throwing money at higher ed. they'll keep asking for more. Thats' how addicts are.

Isn't it about time we realize that colleges are a business and quit subsidizing them?

K
Mchenry, IL

College has well outpaced inflation. Something is wrong when college is 6 times more expensive and wages haven't gone up 6 times. How many year must a student work to pay off such a debt. A person making minimum wage not spending a dime on gas, car insurance, medical insurance working 20 hours a week after withholding makes $6,000 a year. State schools are barely affordable.

JBO
Port Orchard, WA

Something is wrong with college education: government that refuses to fund it properly. Here in WA in the past year, the pols managed to pass a big tax break for Boeing in a special legislative session. But full funding of education as has now been ordered twice by the state supreme court? Nope.

Not that institutions of higher learning are perfect with prioritizing their money. Their focus in my view seems to be bigger stadiums and fancier dorms - but not actual learning or matching enrollment and degree programs with the skills needed by society.

Outside-View
Federal Way, WA

I am sure the parents are happy for her. I hope the boyfriend is worth it.

Now, go have a good life.

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