Tuesday, June 07, 2005

Tuition, fees

I was looking at the webpage of a local school board and found that the budget for keeping all the schools open is over $128,000,000 per year. The school board serves over 24,000 students, which comes to a per student cost of $5300.00 per year.

Then I went to a local college homepage and took a look at the cost of sending a student to college for one semester. It breaks down like this:

Tuition $1538.60
Student Association 133.50
Health Services 25.00
Student Insurance 9.50
Parking fee 45.00
Meals 300.00
Total one semester $2051.60
Total two semesters $4103.20

So, I wonder, why is the local school board so much more ineffecient than the local college? It costs $5300 to send a kid to public school, but only $4100.00 to send a kid to college? What a deal. Even if we have to buy books for the college student, we still come out ahead at the college.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

The problem with your numbers is that the College is likely also getting money from the state. In Minnesota, My tuition used to pay between 30 and 40% of the total cost of my education. Of course, my tuition also included a lot of insane fees for "services" I'd rather not have had. On top of that, Colleges regularly get sponsorships and donations from large corporations to fund research and etc which also helps pay the professors.

As much as I agree with your point, you're comparing apples to oranges.