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Sunday, June 14, 2009

Tuition and Alumni Giving

Someone over at friendfeed pointed me at this New York Times article about Harvard students having a new and innovative loan for going to school. As far as whether supporting Harvard is a good thing or not, I'm going to side with Brad Delong. My Alma Mater has done an amazing job of educating the most students possible for the lowest price. When I went to school in the late 80s, I paid $3000 a semester. 17 years later, Berkeley's fee schedule has risen to a paltry $5000 a semester. This is an incredible bargain, and this despite the state continuing to short change higher education whenever it can find an excuse to do so. The administrators of the UC system definitely can hold their heads high when comparing themselves to other elite institutions.

Yet, whenever Berkeley has asked me for money over e-mail, they've always pointed me at an alumni page where I needed to remember my 17 year old student ID to be able to log on. With such stupidity, it's no wonder I haven't gotten to giving them any money at all.


ChiaLea said...

When I went to Berkeley from the late 90s to the early 00s, it cost $2000 a semester. The $3k rise in tuition costs came in the wake of the dot-com bust and the state's budget troubles.

Berkeley is an astoundingly good bargain, even at the higher price.

DWallach said...

I paid out-of-state tuition and still felt like I was getting a good deal.