Coming from a small town an hour out of Chicago, Madison Runyan is apprehensive about the incoming tuition increase. After her parents agreed to pay for college, Runyan chose Drake for its’ pharmacy program. But before setting her sights on Drake, she could’ve gone anywhere she wanted.
“I had a pretty high GPA in high school,” she said, “so every college that I applied to basically came back and said, ‘Hey, we want you!’”
Runyan was surprised when I informed her that for the past three years, Drake’s tuition has been steadily increasing by about 4.5 percent each year. She remembers the day Marty Martin announced the tuition increase, and hopes that the money Drake collects from students next year will go to good use. Hopefully, she says, to renovate and improve the school.
“I do believe you are getting a quality education here, but paying extra money sucks, I wish there was a way you could almost, like, lock-in what you pay your first year, and pay that the rest of the way,” she said, continuing by asking, “Why does it have to keep increasing? I mean, of course it’s a thing, but why is my tuition increasing?”
Although Runyan’s college career is getting funded by her parents, she is worried about how other students may fare. A friend in her FYS, Chantelle Mosely, had to transfer schools over winter break in order to afford college this semester.
“For other students, it [the price] may be too high. Those who are paying mainly through scholarships, this hike might be a pushing factor on whether or not they can attend school next year,” she said.
Similar to Runyan, Lauren Wittman was also surprised about the tuition increase. Like Runyan, Wittman comes from Chicago, and is a first-year student. She chose Drake for its environmental science program.
“A lot of employers look to Drake because they know that we have very good programs for most academics,” she said. “I hope that the money would go towards anything that’s academic, like more classes and being able to pay your teachers enough to want to stay at Drake.”
Wittman is hopeful for the tuition increase and trusts her school to make the right decisions with her money.
“I think that if it’s going to go towards things that are actually useful, then it’s fine, but I’m not sure what it’s going towards,” she said. “For some students, it’ll be too high. But I don’t think that amount really makes a huge difference, because the school is already really expensive.”