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Volume 70, Issue 122, Tuesday, April 5, 2005

News

Students: Tuition increases ruin UH's 
reputation for affordability

By Tina Marie Macias
Senior Staff Writer

UH students could be facing increases in their tuition and fees for the fall semester -- and most said they're not happy with the continually rising cost of attending school.

"I think the University's making enough money already, and I don't think it's fair. The tuition is fine, but the fees are almost as much as the tuition is, and I'm really angry that they're going higher," business administration junior Corinna Gabriel said.

Biology senior Ji Na has been attending UH for five years and said watching her tuition and fees rise has ruined the University's reputation for being affordable.

"I compare it with my sister's -- she goes to (The University of Texas), and it's the same there," she said. "It's not that cheap."

Increases have also been proposed in college-based differentiated tuition, ranging from $8 per semester credit hour for hotel and restaurant management students to $70 per hour for graduate business majors.

"If it's going to go up, they should make it equal for everybody and not just within the individual colleges," biology sophomore Ebonie Hatfield said.

Although some students are upset about the increases, others said they see the logic behind raising tuition and fees.

"UH is not really expensive. It's kind of affordable, so if they can justify their increase -- and it's not by much -- if they show where they use that money, if they give us a 24-hour library, maybe that can justify it," said Manish Kapoor, a computer science alumnus who graduated in December.
 

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