February 05, 2004
of Trustees 11.9 percent tuition increase has mixed
reactions among student
increase is producing a varied set of opinions among students
and faculty on campus.
Tuition is going up yet again, and students are talking
about the 11.9 percent increase.
I was kind of angry when I got the e-mail about
it. Tuition is already enough, said Whitney Graham,
freshman biology major.
Andrew Goodridge, a junior radio-TV-film major, said a
lot of people he knows at TCU came to school here knowing
they could afford the tuition and fees at the time they
began school. Now that the costs are going up once more,
and he said not everyone can not afford the expense.
Goodridge also said there are ways that costs could be
cut, particularly when it comes to athletics.
They have to spend $30 million on an athletic facility,
but then they cant cover the budget of athletic
programs, Goodridge said.
Senior graphic design major Nick McPherson said he also
thinks too much money is spent on athletic facilities.
It seems like theyre favoring athletes,
He said if the university is going to increase tuition,
it should stop giving parking tickets and use the money
from the tuition increase to build a parking garage.
Other students said the increase may not be that bad.
Im sure most of my friends are upset a little
by it, but if it affects the school in a positive way,
theyll be able to deal with it, said Brad
Minor, a freshman biology major.
Despite the increasing tuition costs, TCU continues to
have a record number of applicants.
I think its an indication that students and
their families still see TCU as a good value, said
Ben Alexander, director of admissions marketing.
It obviously isnt scaring people off,
said Ray Brown, director of admissions.
Brown said that although the increase is big, TCU is still
priced below its main competitors.