Back To School = Worries About How To Pay For It

Students returning to state universities this year are not only worried about passing grades, but on how they'll pay for college.

In-state students at East Carolina University are paying upwards of $300 dollars more this year which is on top of a two hundred dollar hike already enacted.

The ECU Financial Aid Office says it expects many students in their office, especially in hard economic times like these.

Reports also say in the next 2 years tuition will increase 22.6% and this is a hardship for some students.

Out of state tuition jumped just $27 dollars, but next year it will increase by $387 bucks.

The tuition hike is not the only issue for students.

They also have to find funds for books.

Many say they are considering renting their books instead of buying them.


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  • by McArthur Park on Aug 26, 2010 at 02:56 PM
    The solution is simple. Just be born out of wedlock, have no father present in our home(single mother household) and be declared "at risk". Colleges and government will beat down your door to "help" you. What a sham this system has become!!!
  • by ECU MOM Location: Kinston on Aug 25, 2010 at 11:03 AM
    In response to "Russia", it is obvious you have no formal education. A car you can drive for years, a yacht you can enjoy for most of your adult life, and a ribeye steak provides nourishment. You get your money's worth.A book changes each year and most of the time not able to be resold. Half of the time they are not even used by the professors. I know, I have a postgraduate degree with most of the books that never got open.
  • by Why are parents on Aug 25, 2010 at 09:45 AM
    Why are parents responsible for a childs college education? All of my siblings, six total, put ourselves through college. We all had after school jobs growing up and some chose 4 years schools while some attended community college. Our parents certainly couldn't afford college for all of us and we didn't expect that. They clothed, fed and boarded us for 18 years and it was time for each of us to become adults. I don't think reality is worth much unless you earn the achievements in your life on your own. Thanks Ma and Pa for your guidence and love. You set all of us on the right path.
  • by Sam Location: Kitty Hawk on Aug 25, 2010 at 08:49 AM
    With all that goes on, I am go happy that I have my BSA/MSA and no longer plan to further my education. I felt blessed to be one of the lucky ones raised and feel blessed to have my future kids that can depend on me for any help. I also feel bad for the ones who have graduated from college through their hard-earned work, have a bunch of money to owe, due to not being so fortunate, and also having a very hard time finding a job. I know a couple of recent college graduates with their Master's who are having such a hard time finding any single job at all, and 2 of them have told me that they think they wasted all these years and money. I told them that's not true, and it takes time. I'm willing to help them out as they are good intelligent kids that work hard. Also, ECU MOM, for the books to cost $900 a semester is an asinine outrage.
  • by To: ECU Mom on Aug 25, 2010 at 08:32 AM
    So, I guess you'd say that Ford & GM have no right to charge $20,000 for a vehicle, right? Yachts shouldn't cost more than $10,000? Rib-Eye steak shouldn't cost more than $1.99 per pound? (is this Russia?)
  • by ECU MOM Location: Kinston on Aug 25, 2010 at 06:50 AM
    My daughter is a freshman at ECU. She took the responsibility, along with using her parents money saved, and took out student loans to pay for her education.The books alone were $900....which should be against the law!
  • by poor kids Location: greenville on Aug 25, 2010 at 06:01 AM
    Poor kids are even gonna have a tough time finding jobs when they get out too. Life is no picnic for the up and comers these days.
  • by kane on Aug 24, 2010 at 07:50 PM
    This is the same system that bemoaned the fact that so many students are dropping out of college. Some were because of grades, but I'd wager some were also because of the rip off that tuition has become.
  • by Answer on Aug 24, 2010 at 07:06 PM
    Put junior on the six year plan and help him find a job to pay for college.
  • by Equation on Aug 24, 2010 at 05:58 PM
    Unprepared parents poor economy = no college for junior
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