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State colleges should freeze tuition for 10 years – Red Bluff Daily News

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For the past 10 years, one of the nations top engineering, forestry, agriculture, computer science, and teacher’s state Universities in the US, Purdue Univ, have kept tuition unchanged. The full package of tuition, books, fees, and on campus room and board, has been kept constant at $23,000 annually.

Pell grants cover 1/3 of the state’s student college debt. It is easy to work 20 hours weekly as a student while carrying a full 15 to 18 credit hour load. Scholarships are now frequently available for half of the students. It is my al.ma-mater, and that of three grandchildren, our four children, a nephew, a niece, and a brother-in-law and sister-in-law.

Low income students receive free tuition at any State Public University, and, is they maintain only a ‘C’ grade in high school and avoid drugs since the 6th grade. That is called the Indiana 21st Century Scholarship.

Our former Lily Pharmaceutical VP, Fed Director of the Budget, under Bush, and then two term Indiana Governor, has been the Purdue President these past 10 years, and used cost reduction programs to combine student food courts, campus wide maintenance, and overall reduction of tenured positions for minimally attended degrees.

Public education is a business that can be cost reduced while increasing the quality of education offered to the students. Yearly increases in foreign students, who pay full costs for their degrees, has significantly helped fund low cost degrees for state students.

California State Universities could similarly decrease tuition costs, while continuously increasing the quality of education, by cutting administration costs, and cutting programs that have inadequate student attendance to pay the full costs.

State universities need to reduce their costs, to control inflation. Student loans need to be privatized to avoid future cancellation of student debt by socialist Presidents. If you can vote at age 18, you should also pay your lawful full college loan debt.

— Joseph Neff, Corning

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