Sound off: Obama Puts Colleges 'On Notice' Over Tuition Hikes

Obama threatens to reduce federal funding for colleges and universities that fail to contain tuition increases.

President Obama made headlines Friday when he put colleges and universities “on notice” that they would see their federal funding cut if they don’t find a way to reverse the trend in tuition hikes.

“You can't assume that you'll just jack up tuition every single year,” he said. “If you can't stop tuition from going up, the funding you get from taxpayers every year will go down."

In July, the California State University Board of Trustees approved a 12 percent tuition hike for Cal State Schools.

The increase added $294 per semester. A full-time undergraduate at Cal State Long Beach now pays $5,472 per year, with additional campus fees bringing the total cost to about $6,422.

California residents attending a University of California school such as UCI, pay $13,200 in annual tuition. According to the University of California, families can expect to pay $31,200 annually for all expenses including room and board.

“Student loan debt has now surpassed credit card debt for the first time ever. Think about that. That’s inexcusable. In the coming decade, 60 percent of jobs will require more than a high school diploma. Higher education is not a luxury. It’s an economic imperative that every family in America should be able to afford,” Obama told a crowd of college student at the University of Michigan on Friday. “The bottom line is an economy built to last demands we keep doing everything we can to bring down the cost of college.”

At the same time, he challenged schools to improve the quality of education, calling for a report card system for schools’ success rate, calling it a “know before you owe” program.

What do you think? Can universities realistically cut tuition while improving the quality of education? Tell us in the comments.

beergut January 29, 2012 at 06:11 AM
If the 12% tuition hike is really needed, how can they cut it back? Is there any break down on the tuition hikes?
Luis January 29, 2012 at 03:18 PM
The reason tuition is being raised is because the state is not funding the colleges adequately. To cut federal funding does not make sense it is actually going to put more of a burden on students and the chancellors to come up with other revenue. What Obama's proposal will do is drive colleges more to private money and will completely privatize our public system making it even more out of reach to low and middle income students. He needs to take his plan back and do some more research.
Joker Joe January 30, 2012 at 07:32 PM
To subsidize someone's college for no reason is ludicrous. Get a job for a few years and pay your own way. You are not my sons and daughters. Ask your parents for $$$. If all else fails join the military and they will help fund your college. Good chance even if you complete the required years in college there will not be a job waiting for you in that field from what I am reading. Bo, the Messiah, is right!!!
Joker Joe January 30, 2012 at 07:35 PM
When I was a boy I was told that anybody could become President; I'm beginning to believe it. ~Clarence Darrow
Joker Joe January 30, 2012 at 08:22 PM
Pinocchio, Snow White, and Superman are out for a stroll in town one day.............. As they walked, they come across a sign: "Beauty Contest For The Most Beautiful Woman In The World." I am entering" said Snow White. After half an hour she came out and they ask her, "Well, how'd you do? " First Place ," said Snow White. They continue walking, and they see a sign: "Contest For The Strongest Man In The World." "I'm entering," said Superman. After half an hour he returned and they ask him, "How did you make out?" " First Place ," answered Superman. "Did you ever doubt?" They continued walking when they saw a sign: "Contest For The Greatest Liar In The World." Pinocchio said, "This is mine." Half an hour later, he returned with tears in his eyes. "What happened?" they asked. "Who the hell is Obama?" asked Pinocchio...


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