Anonymous pamphlet explains tuition, not everything adds up

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An anonymous pamphleteer distributing flyers has caused students to question where their tuition is going.

The flyer claims to be giving students the truth about their tuition and fees. A stack of them was placed in Jo’s the first week back from winter break.

The pamphlet explains that tuition has been increasing unnecessarily and suggests that the administration should take efforts to curb the rise in costs.

The flyer has gotten students talking. For instance, junior Schaddai Piña overheard students talking about the author of the flyer in class.

“I heard some people talking about the flyer, they thought it was true because they thought Hilltop Views was the author,” Piña said.

But before you believe everything you hear and see, keep in mind that source of the flyer is unknown.

The statistics on the “Let’s do the Math” part of the pamphlet are a little off as well, such as the student debt estimates. Student debt repayment plans are dependent on one’s income and the interest that the loan is accruing.

You can calculate various repayment plans online on Nelnet’s student calculator.

The pamphlet also doesn’t take into account the average annual salaries of college graduates.

In 2014, college graduates made on average of $45,473 annually. This is a 1.2 percent increase from the previous year, according to the National Association of Colleges and Employers.

Both are increasing, although tuition is rising at a faster rate than entry level salaries.

But some facts listed in the flyer are true.

For example, it is true that tuition will rise 6 percent for the 2015-2016 academic school year to $38,320.

It is also true that tuition at St. Edward’s was $20,040 in 2009-2010 and has risen 80 percent since then.

Before students pick up their torches and pitchforks and head for Main Building to demand answers, they should realize that this trend isn’t just happening up here on the Hilltop. Rice University, a private institution in Houston, has a current tuition of $39,880.

The average tuition of private universities has increased an average of 2.2 percent annually for the past decade, according to the College Board. St. Edward’s is merely trying to stay competitive with universities all across the nation.

I think the pamphlet raises a lot of important questions, but we need to put it into perspective with the rest of the country.