Central Coast higher education costs skyrocket

July 7, 2011

All but one of the San Luis Obispo County area public higher education campuses are on a new list produced by the U.S. Department of Education showing colleges and universities with the fastest-rising tuition and fees – and those campuses will have to submit reports to the federal government explaining the rapid increase. [CaliforniaWatch]

A set of 54 new lists released last week by the Department of Education shows which colleges have the highest and lowest tuition and “average net price” – the average price paid by full-time students after figuring in grants and scholarships. The lists also show which colleges have the fastest-rising tuition and net price, California Watch said.

As part of the Higher Education Opportunity Act of 2008, the department is required to produce the list so that students can compare the cost of similar types of schools.

On the fastest rising tuition list, Cal Poly saw tuition increase from $4,689 in 2007-08 to $6,498 in 2009-10, a 39 percent increase.

CSU spokesman Mike Uhlenkamp said to California Watch that during the period examined by the federal government, the university saw a cut of a little more than $600 million in state funding. That caused CSU schools to ask students to make up some of that lost revenue. He said a CSU education is still a comparatively good deal.

Near the top of the increase in net cost for community colleges, Allen Hancock College costs grew from $6,404 in 2007-08 to $11,122 in 2008-09, a 74 percent increase.

Cuesta College was the only local public campus not listed on the colleges with the fastest rising tuition and net costs. The net cost of attending  Cuesta increased from $9,845 in 2007-08 to $10,234 in 2008-09.


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16 Comments

  1. eradicate ignorance says:

    Cal Poly, and other Cal State schools are still a great deal. $26,000 for a degree from Cal Poly, 4 years. I know getting a degree in 4 years is tough but people do it. 5 years is still a good deal. The bang you get for our buck is tremendous compared to private institutions.

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  2. willie says:

    Since Gray Davis, this is the one and only area (education) that I did NOT want affected, looking ahead locally, nationally and internationally (trade school included).

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  3. Spirit Filled says:

    Glad I dropped out in my senior year of college. Just in time to stay out of the “elite” status. I’m just a poor, common, work with my hands, average, down-to-earth type guy. I ran a business for 38 years and loved almost every minute of it. Guess I didn’t need to be one of the “elite”. God Bless.

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    • Typoqueen says:

      We need both, we need those that you call the ‘elite’ and those independent people that chose a different path to success. I feel a little better when I see’ UCLA grad” on my docs wall of documents. One can be an MIT grad and still not be successful, it’s all relative. I see the label ‘elite’ all wrong. I need to look it up again. The word “elite” to me sends off the tone of the Kennadys, the Rockafellers. But I wouldn’t call all the kids that are going to graduate from college ‘elite’. I feel like that word was highjacked by the right and turned into a insulting world. I hope my children graduate from college and it would be nice if they were ‘elite’ but more importantly they need to be happy. If happiness comes in the form as a cabinet maker then I hope my child does good quality work and can be organized enough to be financially successful.

      If any of my children should graduate from UCLA and become dentists then I want a swimming pool out of the deal.

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      • willie says:

        Typo
        If my children get a good education or trade, that alone would make me happy because that is the one thing nobody can take away from them.

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  4. justme says:

    Smarty’s right. Anytime you have easy credit (why not easy, it’s printed money, actually just a computer entry) to the bankers, which raises prices accordingly. Housing with easy credit, high prices, credit goes away, dropped prices, same with everything. Thanks Banksters,
    What is education besides learning how to work less and make more? Now we have a country of non-real contributors who secretly left the back door open for the desparate and uncaring to do the real work. A country is great because it’s willing to get dirty @ work and for a fair wage. We tried going the other way and now we’re fighting for 2nd or third place economically today.
    We need less college grads and more workers. It’s working for China, India and So. Korea.
    Hopefully schools drastic price hikes are the desparate actionsof a dying “business”.

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  5. smartypants says:

    Since the feds took over student loans, I think the plan is for students to borrow as much as possible and pay it back by joining the military, work for the feds, or default. In all three cases, the taxpayer is hung with the bill.

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    • ososkid says:

      Obviously you didnt go to school. The “feds” traditionally ran the student loan program until the Reagan years when republican’s thought it would be a great way for the private market to make money. What conservatives did was hand over a non profit system that served a major role in our economy (for every dollar the govt loaned someone they got back ten fold and higher in taxes paid by people who made higher wages because of their higher education. this education is what informed the booms in technology this country has seen over the years and in turned aided the economy as a whole) allowing the banks to become needless middlemen in a transaction, essentially skimming money off of public monies

      If only CEOs were Mexicans then maybe the conservatives might get angry at the corporate welfare.

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      • thinkaboutit says:

        “Obviously you didnt go to school.”

        Ehm…you dropped your apostrophe.

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  6. calvertworthington says:

    Yes, the private Universities do offer a higher standard, and thus a more polished result. One such fine Princeton collegiate example was Griffith Rutherford Harsh V, son of our ‘should have been’ Governor, Meg Whitman.

    I’m sure Grif’ V is deeply involved in humanitarian activities as we gesticulate.

    http://sfist.com/2010/10/22/meg_whitmans_son_rapist.php

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  7. rogerfreberg says:

    Well, I don’t like to see university administrators solver their budgetary challenges without a little belt tightening…however, for what it is… California has cheap education if you don’t count living expenses which are tough for an unemployed student or their folks…. and this is much larger than tuition.

    4 year’s public education tuition might give you a semester or at most a year at any private university… now, there is some debate that they are the same educational experience… I think not.

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  8. calvertworthington says:

    Certainly, higher education should be limited to those coming from wealth. Their lineage has proven their superior stock, and their likely future benefit to the nation and world. The less fortunate should plan accordingly. Perhaps applying to the privatized trade-schools, or training as domestic servants to the college educated.

    After all, the new future means knowing your place.

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    • easymoney says:

      Certainly seems that way. Sheesh, this is public education we are talking here, pinkie up not ivy league…

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    • The Gimlet Eye says:

      Well, after all, the lords and ladies are what they are. Can’t very well have them getting their hands dirty with household chores and other such rot. Knowing one’s place is just the ticket for low born. Same for the high born. Education always was for the rich. Any exceptions in America have been just a blip on the radar screen of history. Trust me, before long, things will be the same as they were before WWII when, by and large, only the rich went to college.

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