State appropriations for the purpose of subsidization of higher studies was on the basis of enrollments universities are going through has been redeployed again.
All the public colleges and universities have gained some support from the state in order to subsidize higher education for the people of their State. This will help the students to study freely and tension free. In this, the tuition costs are reduced to make it much more affordable. This is happening from many years ago. States set aside some amount of money for different purposes and this money is called appropriations. Similarly, money set aside to spend on education is called educational appropriations.
What are the issues with public colleges and universities
The educational appropriations have been reduced and are declining year after year very significantly. What happened at the root level is that the enrollment of students have increased after 2013 very significantly. The state has not kept that pace and there is a reduction in educational appropriations. This has led the public colleges and universities to increase their tuition fees to balance these changes.
The things get even worse due to demographic changes. Due to which there is a significant decrease in the number of people who are of college-age. This has reduced enrollment and hence state fundings. This has increased the work of elected officials. The officials are now more concerned about the universities, jobs, and education of the people.
Effect of this drastic change
Due to the decline in enrolment, the state will now give their funding according to the extent of enrollments in colleges and universities. The step was taken to conserve the traditional colleges and universities at risk.
All this is happening at the time when there is an increase in the number of students who are going to get their degree. To make teachers available for such a large number of students colleges and universities are hiring additional external personnel. This has increased the expenses of the colleges and universities and to cope up with this they have increased the tuition fees to a great extent. Students have to take debt for their study and that’s why the United States has been going through such a student loan crisis.
Public higher education boards
All this has created a dilemma for the officials of public higher education boards who wanted to get better educational outcomes also at the same time want to make education much more affordable. To solve their dilemma, boards have to wrestle with the demands of elected officials to make the struggling colleges and universities even more established once again. They are very important for the state as they are the economic engines for the community of the state.
To cope up with these drastic changes, State boards have to increase the subsidy for the colleges and universities going through the tuition fees revenue loss due to enrolment decrease, for the colleges and universities which had increased the tuition fees, they have to make a stop at the increasing tution fees to resolve their dilemma. There are lot of pressure on the public higher education boards to solve this national problem which is harming their own students which will surely affect the nation. This had led the students to quit their full-time study and they are now working part-time so that they can earn some money to pay the student loan which is increasing day by day. The situation is getting worsen and there is still no legal actionable have taken place as such.
That’s why the state boards have decided to give their state appropriations according to the extent of enrollments. Thus will solve the problem a bit but not for long. Thye have to come up with a new idea to take out the nation from this serious situation. This has clearly shifted the purpose of the funding. Before, the fund was given such that more and more students can enroll and get their degree but now the purpose is to save the job rather than educating students.
Boards have to take some serious steps to solve their dilemma. Students are now suffering from the loan crisis which had increased the difficulty in the student’s life. Officials have to ensure that every student get their education but they shouldn’t be working while studying just to make sure that their peaked tution fees are done.
Students who work so hard to complete their education to serve their nation and family need some help of the government also. Legislation can also help the educational institutions so that they do no increase the tuition fees. Students who is determined to serve the country deserve nothing less as they are going to be the future of our nation and we would love to have a great nation.