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Letters from Proxima Thule

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I came here to say pretty much this (right down to the academic librarian part). Just today the admissions director revealed that more of our students are graduating in four years than ever before and economics are a key reason. I work for a private liberal arts institution south of Seattle that is primarily tuition funded, so it ain't cheap, but we have a lot of aid available, thank god.

Our enrollment is actually up. But cynically, I think one of the reasons is because UW is taking fewer in-state students—because out of state students pay more, and their funding situation is dire. That's why it's so expensive now; I'm hearing that state funding only covers 20% of each student's tuition. That's horrifying. They might as well stop calling it a public university.

I too work at a private liberal arts university, and like yours it ain't cheap. I know our financial aid office is extremely busy. I also live in Texas - a state which has screwed over public education at all levels, primary and secondary. I know even in-state public university tuition is high, high, high. (My nephew is currently attending a state university.)

I've been watching over the years how the government has whittled way practically all federal financial aid programs while tuition rates keep going up. And yet, "they" - prognosticators, economists, reporters, etc - keep saying that for the US to stay competitive, we need to produce more college graduates than we are now, especially in sciences and technology. I'd like to know how that's going to happen with the tuition and financial aid situation as dismal as it is.

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