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.