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  • Reply jaye |


    Yesterday I spoke to my cable/telephone/internet company about the increase in my bill. As I have a “locked in” price for a year, I was really surprised that it went up. “Oh, it’s not an increase in the monthly payments,” the nice customer service rep explained, “it’s an increase in equipment rental fees. Those aren’t locked in.”

    Funny, they never mentioned that when they gave us the hard sell.
    Maybe I need to write them a letter!

  • Reply Brian |

    Boy do I know that whole situation. I got through college by being dropped for non-payment, getting overrides from the teachers, and then when my aid was finally available hitting up three different desks to a) re-enroll, b) claim financial aid, and c) apply financial aid to tuition bill.

    I gamed the system every semester, but dammit, I graduated!

  • Reply Shawna |

    I know this isn’t supposed to be funny, but it really really is! “Who do you think I am? The State of California?” “…delivered by a three-legged dog on a skateboard?”

    Please, PLEASE send this to the school. Please!

  • Reply SabbyAnn |

    Very frustrating! When I was doing my undergrad, my school hiked tuition in the double-digits a couple of times (I think one year it was like 21%, because they added a $400/semester mandatory fee too!). It makes it very tough to budget, especially on such short notice! Hopefully California’s budget woes won’t mean mid-year increases in December/January too!

  • Reply Angie |

    Thats life of college. At least its only $150 that’s chump change. My tuition raised 3-4k every single year I was there. Be happy for what you have.

  • Reply MoneyFunk |

    My DH and I were just talking about this very subject last night. It’s pathetic that this is the state of our education right now. My kids are going to have it difficult cleaning up our nation’s mess.

  • Reply Julie |

    Ouch! I feel your pain. I can’t afford to pay fall tuition at my college. If paying $1000 for ONE class wasn’t enough…they charge inexplicable fees EVERY semester like an additional $350 library fee. Seriously? I don’t even use the library!

  • Reply anysteph |

    I feel for you. Any state school in California right now is passing the budget crisis directly on to its students. I have a friend who will be starting her first semester at Berkeley, and just learned that ALL of her grant money was taken away. She’ll either have to take out loans, delay attendance, or attend part-time while still working (which is what she chose to do).

    Sadly, it won’t get any better until California voters (a group in which I am included) can STOP voting by initiative. It’s so utterly insane that we are able to vote for initiatives before we ever know if there’s money to fund them. It’s like voting with a credit card.

    Hang in there! You can do this!

  • Reply David Carlson @ Dinks Finance |

    I know its not a time to laugh, but the $200 parking fee made me chuckle. I pay $250 per year to park at my college campus, and it just seems a little much on top of the $28,000 annual tuition cost.

    Colleges really can charge whatever they want. Seems like when high school students are looking for colleges, price is the last thing they look at. As long as that is the case, prices will continue to rise.


  • Reply Christina |

    I know exactly how you feel!! Great letter. I’m a graduate student at a CSU and was ecstatic to see that my tuition raised up to over 3k!! Best of all, the email I received from the college letting me know about the increase… to make us feel better about the increase, the letter explains that in order to continue to offer classes (my graduate program only offers 3 classes to graduate students) it is coming at a sacrifice to everyone…. quote from email…
    “To do this requires something from everyone in the university community. For example, nearly every employee, including the campus presidents and the Chancellor, will be furloughed two days each month for the rest of the academic year. This amounts to a reduction in pay of almost 10 percent. This sacrifice by employees helps avoid, to a significant extent, the degree to which reductions in course offerings and student services will be needed.” Hmmmm!

So, what do you think ?