By now we all know how expensive college tuition is. In fact, college tuition continues to rise year by year, especially here at West Virginia University. Many students (or their parents) end up taking out loans, so if students can’t afford college up front, how do they expect students to pay for the additional costs that come with classes like books, scantrons, electronics, and projects?
“I believe that WVU is uniquely positioned to be a pioneer in regards to open educational resources [OER’s],” said Blake Humphrey, a sophomore political science major. “OER’s are high-quality, low cost forms of educational material that are being utilized at universities around the world. We can create a vibrant research and development community by continued support for open education.”
Not only is university tuition high, but most individual colleges at the university also charge an additional tuition. Take the Reed College of Media for example. Journalism students pay an additional $336 every semester, $12 more than 2014. So not only does tuition keep rising, but so are the fees within colleges.
“I honestly think it’s a little ridiculous,” said Megan Harp, a senior broadcast journalism major. “I pay a separate tuition to the journalism school every semester, so if the school can’t even provide me with what I need, why should I have to buy it myself? Especially when I may never use whatever it is they want me to buy ever again.”
Many students argue that scantrons should be free or be included with their books, depending on the class, not to mention the cost of printing too. Scantrons range from $0.25-$0.70, not including tax. Printing on campus costs $0.06 per black and white page, and $0.25 per colored page.
Could all these extra costs be the reason that students can’t afford an education or pay for the resources to guide them through school?