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Holli Hauger, Fargo , Published May 25 2013

Letter: Raising tuitions not the answer

Students attending a university in North Dakota shouldn’t have to face such a dramatic rise in tuition. North Dakota’s goal has always been to attract more people to the state, and aside from our booming oil industry that took off again in 2008, many college-age students are drawn to the area because of a lower cost in education.

Working in the oil fields doesn’t require an education, and when the cost of a degree is increasing, what type of message does that send to incoming college freshmen? The real question is, however, should there be a sweeping increase of pay to all professors, whether deserving or undeserving?

New students come into college already fearing an empty wallet, but the fact that they are possibly choosing to increase the tuition fee is making it even more frustrating for kids who want to attend a North Dakota college. If they based the salary raise on how many students passed the class with a certain percentage, the tuition costs would most likely be lower and more manageable.

Coming from a student who wants to apply to a college in North Dakota, I – along with many others soon to be applying at, or returning to, a university or smaller college in the area – am upset at the fact that they are raising tuition.