Archive for Thursday, October 2, 2008

Campaign brings awareness to ‘astronomical’ cost of schooling

Baker University students are spreading the word about a petition urging Congress to make college tuition more affordable.

October 2, 2008


Danita Long, 43, is a senior education major at Baker University in Baldwin City. She's financing her schooling, and because the costs are so high, her freshman daughter, Jessica Long, is paying her own way to attend Baker.

"It's astronomical what a student has to pay to be here," Jessica Long said.

The Longs and other Baker students teamed up with "Got Tuition?" to host a Day of Action in the Harter Union on campus. "Got Tuition?" is a national, nonpartisan campaign sponsored by the National Education Association. They spent the afternoon registering students to vote and getting them to sign a petition urging Congress to help make college more affordable. They also gave out information about what the presidential candidates have said about higher education.

"There (are) 400,000 high school kids that are eligible to go to college that can't afford it," Danita Long said. "This petition that we're trying to do and the legislation that we're trying to pass is trying to help those people out, along with current students."

Long said they registered more than 30 new voters within two hours.

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SettingTheRecordStraight 9 years, 7 months ago

You're right, invictus (sarcasm). All those Johnson County kids are paying their own way.

SettingTheRecordStraight 9 years, 7 months ago

liberaldude,So you want to increase the size and reach of government while further subjugating our population to higher taxes and more bureaucracy? Bad idea.Any "poor" student (we live in America, so we're all rich by the world's standards) can attend four years at KU for approximately $8,000 per year. Graduating with $32,000 in student loan debt might not be fun, but it's better than taking money from one family to give to another.Remember, the only ways government can increase Pell grants is to either increase the national debt or to forcefully take income from someone else.

LiberalDude 9 years, 7 months ago

This is just another reason that we need Barack Obama. We need change. The Democrats want to increase the pell grant to help students from poor/middle class families afford college.

SettingTheRecordStraight 9 years, 7 months ago

"...nonpartisan campaign sponsored by the National Education Association."Are you kidding?? Nothing the NEA does is nonpartisan. And remember that the government subisdizes every KU student's tuition, even the rich kids' tuition. Stop the welfare for the rich.

Confrontation 9 years, 7 months ago

I met more idiots that were from rich families, invictus. They were studying communications and "how to handle mommy and daddy's money when they're dead."

Godot 9 years, 7 months ago

Asking government for more help with college tuition? Target the source! Demand that the colleges and universities reduce tuition. Choose the colleges that offer affordable education, and the colleges that gouge will have to reduce their costs in order to survive.

avoice 9 years, 7 months ago

Pardon me, but they're barking up the wrong tree. Baker University is a private school. Lobbying our government is not going to make an iota of difference in the tuition at Baker. Unless they're trying to get a voucher program at the college level.

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