Las Vegas Sun

October 17, 2017

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letter to the editor:

Higher tuition hard on students

There are many reasons why increasing UNLV tuition is a bad idea. As stated previously, UNLV’s tuition rate has more than doubled in the past decade, from $2,370 a year in 2002 to $5,740 in 2012.

The tuition increases have outpaced the rate of inflation, causing more students to graduate in debt.

The rate of students having debt after graduating will highly increase. Many students from other states moved to Las Vegas to attend school at UNLV because of lower tuition compared with other states. Increasing the tuition could decrease the number of out-of-state students attending UNLV.

Some may say that there is financial aid to help pay part of the tuition, but it is not enough. Also, many scholarships are smaller than they used to be.

For example, the Nevada Millennium Scholarship does not last 10 years anymore. It now lasts six years.

Not only that, many students today are working two jobs while attending school just to have enough money to pay for their classes. That is a lot for a person to handle.

For some people, working a full-time job is stressful. Imagine having two jobs, attending school and having homework.

Now if the tuition increases, that will be more stress for students. They will be thinking about how they will earn more money for school.

This could be difficult since many people are getting laid off because of budget cuts.

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