|To the Editor: Ohio needs to get serious about higher ed finances|
|Written by Bill Hale|
|Thursday, 05 July 2012 11:43|
Wouldn’t it be interesting if school districts in Ohio were able to assess additional costs to their clients (students) by simply having their local school boards approve the increase. Ohio schools could then maintain and possibly even augment services to their students. Decreases in state financial assistance would be offset by elevating charges to constituents. Those parents with difficulty paying additional fees could apply for student loans for their child. Ohio youth would thus become acclimated to the “pay as you go” process that presently thrives in Ohio state colleges and universities.
The ludicrous policy of continually gouging college students and their parents is going to have to end soon. The recent drop in enrollment at BGSU could only be a precursor to future declines. Studies showing the lifetime monetary benefit of a college education may eventually reflect a marginal advantage, with student loan debt factored in Ohio’s administrators, boards of trustees, and legislators are going to have to take a serious look at what they are doing to the cost of college education in our state. Being near the top of the list of states decreasing aid to education the most is not something to be aspired to.
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