The staff editorial is the majority opinion of the editorial board of The Murray State News.
Over the past few weeks the news section has run stories on rising gas prices and how they are affecting the campus community. But this is not the only finincial woe students should be expecting.
With higher gas prices, the expected rise in tuition and the passing of the city’s sticker fee students need to be wary of the rising costs of this University’s “affordable” education.
Of course, we have not yet reached the high prices of other schools, especially those outside of Kentucky.
Students do need to be aware and active in working to lower the cost of their education. If we are not careful we may end up back in a time when a college education was not available to anyone but the upper class.
University President Randy Dun said the University is trying to find ways of relieving students in the financial crunch.
“What we’re trying to do at the University is to look at ways we can help students, faculty and staff deal with this big economic hit that we’re all taking,” Dunn said. “We don’t have an answer to high gas prices, but if there are things the University can do to alleviate that or help it, we’re willing to look.”
As for students, we advise them to look for different ways to save. One way would be to stop driving to school by biking or walking. Find ways to save on food by eating out less. But most importantly, students need to get involved with the politics of their education and stop this annual rise in the cost of their education.