In preparation for the coming tax season, I recently reviewed my student records. Scrolling through the charges to my account, I noticed a common theme: every quarter had multiple class fees. In fact, more than 65 percent of all classes I have taken at Eastern included an extra course fee.
Why is it that I pay tuition if each class has its own price anyway? Furthermore, how come my tuition doesn’t even cover my basic classes?
Indeed, about a third of the extra-fund-munching courses I have taken were GECRs. The most notable among the costs for classes, however, was the recurring math fee.Admittedly, this is the cheapest fee, most fees being between $25 and $35. But at $11.37 per course within the math program, and with approximately two handouts per quarter in each of those classes, I feel like they’re pulling Angora over my eyes.
It’s devious, I know, but by charging a paltry $12, using 35-year-old slides and making me take the same course a half-dozen times before I pass, the math department gets an extra $72 per class, just from me.
It gets worse. I can’t verify this claim myself, but it wouldn’t surprise me to find that this is accurate. One of my friends is currently taking an online course which is, in addition to costing the full price of five credits, sucking in a whopping $900 more as an additional technology fee.
Excuse my ignorance in the matter, but shouldn’t it cost less to take an online course that provides no physical materials for the students? Not only can a single instructor take on a larger class, but the school needs not to appropriate a room for the class.
What’s more, no one needs to schedule times, heat a room, pay for the water the students consume between classes, buy new computers so they can get online, or heck, even pay for the toilet paper that the students are otherwise going to be using at the school.
Now, I understand that the school has been running short on money with recent budget cuts; however, I really don’t feel that charging me twice for my classes is the most acceptable solution to this problem.
Some courses actually need and use the gains from their course fees for appropriate purposes. Therefore, I have devised a method to raise our funds without charging unnecessary fees for classes we have already paid for. I must apologize for my lack of originality, but I think the simplest solution would be to reduce frivolous spending.
Allow me to provide an example of how we can do this. According to The Easterner, low funding has recently necessitated dismissal of the entire floor crew from the custodial staff.
They also reported that each custodian is equipped with a powerful $1,000 walkie-talkie that can make contact with our Riverpoint campus.
Does anyone else think this is ludicrous? At $150, I can purchase a walkie-talkie capable of making contact with any point on campus, and in fact, anywhere in Cheney proper.
Don’t get me wrong. I’m not coming down on the custodial staff. They do a great job. But whoever decided their budget was better spent on SETI-grade, two-way radios instead of someone’s livelihood should probably sit in a corner to think about what they’ve done. Following the establishment of this corner, we can fill it with everyone else who blows our school’s money as though it were limitless. With the development of their renewed frugality, we can eliminate insulting $20 fees for every other class we take.