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Opinions on Kish’s Increased Tuitions

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Rory Gallagher, Staff Writer

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While the 2017 spring semester is coming to an end, returning Kish students are wary about the increased costs in tuition, despite their plans to continue learning here. The standard credit hour cost will be raised by $10. The change has been rationalized by the board due to the sizable decrease in student enrollment since last spring, with Chairman Bob Johnson saying that he remains “optimistic that we can hold enrollment where it’s been.”  The students seem to have varying opinions regarding the change however.

“I would be worried about more tuition costs if I wasn’t transferring, but I know that the college does not get any state funding right now.” said Emma Fischer, a sophomore; “I mean, the state has no budget.”

“It’s too expensive.” stated Christine Newman-Askins, a freshman.

“It’s kind of bad,’ informed Tiffany Newman-Askins, a freshman. “My tuition for 6 classes this semester cost the same as my tuition for 4 classes next semester.”

“No, I’m not,’ mentioned Dan Oliver, a sophomore. “My grandparents are covering my costs.”

“I bet it ties into the state having no budget!” theorized Dylan McCoy, a sophomore.

“It sucks, but it’s still not as bad as other colleges,” explained Brad Allen, a freshman. “I came here for the lower price originally, after all.”

“Wait, the tuition is rising?” queried Emil Scales, a second-year nontraditional student. “I might have to be a part-time student instead of a full-time student next semester.”

In most of the responses, a feeling of blasé acceptance took the increase as just another problem. A couple of students repeated the complaint of Illinois’s current lack of a state budget, while others just mentioned their disapproval. No matter what their complaint was, no one interviewed had decided to leave Kishwaukee, instead of finishing another year at this place.
Despite the reduced enrollment, the chairman’s optimism has been founded. Judging from the responses of students, the enrollment looks stable going into the next semester.

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