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Hi-I need to vent to someone, anyone at this moment. Monday afternoon our student body received emails informing us that our tuition was going to be increased to what our main campus pays. We are an out-of-state satellite school and apparently signed a 5 year contract with this school. Well, we have definitely met our 5 year contract so now our tuition is being increased by 69.444%. Monday was the first notice that we had of this and one of my fellow nursing students went to talk to the office personnel. She was informed that they had met the 5 yr. contract and they knew 5 yrs. ago if we met the contract tuition would be increased. We, as students, were NEVER informed of this possibility. NEVER!!! It is a private college so tuition is more expensive but to really increase 69.444%? How can I justify paying this much-especially when I have 3 kids that will be starting their own college costs in about 7-10 years? I have an excellent GPA (3.8) but to find open slots in another school is hard. This school honestly has us all by the coat strings-my class alone is just finishing up there sophomore yr.-we are 1/2 way there. I am so upset by the simple fact that we were NEVER informed of this possible tuition hike. Has anyone else experienced anything like this and if so, how can a person handle this. Oh yeah, we have been told that federal aid will not increase but we will all have the possibility of getting merit scholarships. These "scholarships" will only cover a portion of the increase. Thanks for letting me vent-I feel 1% better after this posting.:banghead:

If you're a sophomore, have you started the actual nursing curriculum yet? If not, transferring might be easier than you think. If you have, then you're right, transferring isn't easy. Is it going up 70% of $20,000, or of $2,000? That makes a difference too. It seems odd that they can raise it more than a certain percentage without warning you in advance somewhere, but if it was in really fine print you may be SOL. I got my first degree from a private university, but I had a full tuition scholarship so I didn't pay attention to price changes. No matter what it is, that's really crappy of them, especially not to warn you that it might happen when you started. They just wanted to take your money for a few semesters while you could still afford it! I guess you can apply for the scholarships and see what happens, 3.8 is good so you might luck out, and then take it from there...

I'm sorry, but tuition increases are a fact of life. This is something that students must expect, especially when attending a nonpublic school. Every school I've ever attended raised their fees at regular and frequent intervals with the exception of community colleges. It's horrible when you don't have the means to pay for school. Hopefully, you will be able to deal with this and complete school.

I'm sorry, but tuition increases are a fact of life. This is something that students must expect, especially when attending a nonpublic school. Every school I've ever attended raised their fees at regular and frequent intervals with the exception of community colleges. It's horrible when you don't have the means to pay for school. Hopefully, you will be able to deal with this and complete school.

I agree that students should expect tuition increases. However, 70% is a bit excessive, especially without notice. Who could possibly expect and budget for that type of hike?!? My school increased tuition maybe $5 a credit. I'm not even sure how much b/c it wasn't a notable difference. Nonetheless, the school posted notices on the website and bulletin boards. They even posted a student survey on the website to gauge how the increase would affect the study body. The OP's school should have given them notice. I would like to know a dollar amount of the increase.

Also, I hate to sound like a conspiracy theorist, but here it is: If the school didn't give the student's notice about the increase, perhaps they wanted to place them in a difficult postion where the students felt as if they couldn't leave. I'm sure some students would have decided to attend elsewhere if this info would have been made public.

Thank you for your understanding of why I am upset. I do understand that tuition increases are inevitable but this one takes the cake. I would not be so upset (nor any other individual in our student body) had we been told this prior to Monday afternoon. It astounds me that this announcement was made AFTER registration for fall classes. Registration was held about 6 weeks ago and even then not a word was said.

I know that 1/2 of my class is questioning what to do. The majority of our class is non-traditional students and quite a few of us have children to raise. We have been told from the beginning of this year that we are going to have to quit working because our classes and clinincals are going to consume so much of our time. I am sure this is a common statement for all nursing programs. The question that many of us have is: how can we quit when we have to come up with an extra 6-7 K a year now? Not including lab fees.

I know, for myself, had I known about this prior to starting with the school, I would have chosen a different route. I would have probably went to a different school and completed the LPN, then the ADN-RN, and then the BSN. I just figured, at that time, why waste the extra time when I could get it all in one shot? They literally have us where they want us. We are too advanced to go through this route and they know how difficult it is to get into other nursing programs around the area.

I will find a way to make this work. I just feel that they were not truthful with the student body from the beginning. Again, I do understand tuition increases but I am almost certain that it is only fair to the individuals involved to have fair notice of these increases.

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