With the news earlier this week that Cooper Union in New York City, one of the few tuition-free institutions left in the country, was planning to start charging tuition next year, I was reminded of the incredible gift I enjoyed at the then tuition-free City College of New York, back in the day when the only cost was a $35 per semester registration fee and the price of books.
Today, in our region, we have private and SUNY options. Here’s a quick overview of what those annual prices look like for NYS residents (these are approximate, use links for complete figures):
SUNY Canton–Tuition & fees: $5,570; Housing/meals: $5,300
SUNY Potsdam–Tuition & fees: $7,175; Housing/meals: $10,500
SUNY Plattsburgh–Tuitiion & fees: $6,800; Housing/meals: $10,600
North Country Community College–Tuition & fees: $4,700; Housing/meals: information unavailable
Paul Smiths College–Tuition: $21,930; Housing/meals: $10,300
Clarkson University–Tuition: $40,540; Housing/meals: $13,300
St. Lawrence University–Tuition & fees: $44,450; Housing/meals: $11,500
Whether or not you are facing the tuition burden directly, it affects all of us. The impact on families helping put young people through college and, of course, the heavy debt load so many graduates now face, is having a significant impact on our society and economy.
Here’s an interesting article from dailyfinance.com that explores the rising cost of tuition and the impact on our country. Really worth a read. Here is some of the graphic data provided in the article–a great overview of the situation.
Here’s another article of interest on this subject, from the American Enterprise Institute; this one from the Council on Foreign Relations which focuses on the challenges facing our country’s standing on the global stage; and this from education.com, which explores the public’s tendency to see college as unaffordable–a perception that is often inaccurate.