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Obama urges universities to control tuition


President Obama gave his State of the Union address on Capitol Hill before a joint session of Congress, in which he spoke about jobs and education problems.

Obama called on universities to handle tuition problems on their own saying, “If you can’t stop tuition from going up, the funding you get from taxpayers will go down.” He said increasing student aid would only make the problem worse. He also said universities have the tools to fix the problem.

For example, a group of college presidents have done this by redesigning courses so that students graduate quicker and some that use better technology. He said it is possible. He said higher education must be a priority of every American, and should be affordable for all citizens.

ASUJ has increased tuition as recently as May 2011 when the board of trustees approved a tuition increase that ranged from $60 to $204 for a full-time student, depending on which ASU campus a student attends. Carol Byrd of Student Account Services says she doesn’t think ASUJ tuition is excessive.

“I’ve compared our tuition to other tuitions, such as U of A, and it’s really about the same,” Byrd said.

According to an in state ASUJ student pays tuition and fees of $6,934 and an out-of-state student pays $12,238. In comparison, University of Arkansas in-state students pay $7,174, and out-of-state students pay $17,606. That’s a difference of $240 for in-state students and $5,368 for out-of-state students.

Obama also called on universities to double their work-study jobs, so that more students have the chance to work their way through college. Terry Finney, director of financial aid and scholarships, said, “It would be great if federal funding for work-study doubled.” The possibility of increasing work-study has been a discussion on campus for some time now, but nothing has been set.

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