Jump in tuition

July 27, 2009
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By now, most people from Indiana who currently attend or are planning to go to Indiana University Maurer School of Law in Bloomington are aware of the 24.5 percent tuition hike approved for next year. I’m not sure how many know about the increase for the 2010-11 year of 8.1 percent. I read about it in the Indiana Daily Student, the school’s newspaper.

Based on 2008-09 figures from the law school’s Web site, students enrolled in 2010-11 will pay nearly $30,000 a year in tuition and fees. That doesn’t factor in living expenses. I don’t know how much out-of-state tuition is supposed to increase, but the Bloomington school is definitely closing the gap between the two. According to the Indiana University School of Law -- Indianapolis Web site, tuition per credit hour for in-state students will increase about 13 percent next year.

State contributions to public schools have been cut or lessened because of the economy, meaning that schools will need to find that money elsewhere, but tuition increases of this magnitude may end up backfiring.

Increasing tuition this much in two years will inevitably price some students out of law school. Those already in law school now may have to scramble to find loans to cover this increase. Most likely, those loans will have to be private and will come with a high interest rate – if a student can even get approved for them.

With costs rising so dramatically, some students may just decide to fork over the extra money to attend a private school, perhaps even one outside of Indiana. If we are worried about brain drain, we should be keeping students in state. Chances are they’ll be more likely to stay here and get a job.
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  • With the cuts in aid, many students are
    feeling the pinch. Hopefully the current administration
    gives them some much needed relief.

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