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American middle class cut off from college?

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  1. Ed says:

    The lost cost of studying in Quebec is for Quebec-residents, based on the idea that our families have paid taxes for X number of years, and so we should get access to these provincially-funded institutions of higher learning (which I think is a good idea). If you are a Canadian from outside of quebec, the cost is x3, and if you are an international student, it is from x8 to x10.

    Note also that while tuition for residents is frozen and has been for some time, rates for international students are not.

    At least this is true of McGill, but I believe it is the same at other local universities.

    I believe that the rising cost of higher ed are one of the factors that will lead to less people attending university.

  2. I think that the Times Argus article overstates the situation. I’m also skeptical of the statistics regarding percentage of college students with family income over $100,000. I certainly don’t think it’s the case at the large public universities. I note that it says about the author, “Brian C. Greenberg is a Certified Public Accountant and Certified College Planning Specialist.” Writing articles such as these is a standard marketing approach for consultants, and Mr. Greenberg can hardly be said to be a disinterested party.

    Much of the increases in tuition at public schools has been the result of a reduction in funding from states, as the populace at large decides that education isn’t important to them. However, a good portion of these increases are used to fund financial aid to those students who need it. That is the model that private schools use. In a way, this is akin to a progressive education tax, but only levied against those actually using the system. It’s not the best approach, but it’s hard to get people to pay taxes to support higher education when anti-intellectualism is what the dominant political party is selling.