Tuesday, September 12, 2017

",,,To Put it on the Back of the Students."

In June, the University of North Alabama increased tuition by 4.9%. In other words, what 1,000.00 would buy last fall now costs 1,049.00. This increase failed to solve UNA's money woes, and board member Steve Pierce stated: We also felt obligated not to put it on the back(s) of the students.

Yet, a great deal of new funding is on the backs of students...or their parents. Total revenue from the increase amounts to 1.4 million dollars a year. A university which once touted its low tuition can no longer do so. It can advertise its trees, fountains, squirrels, and lions. What it can't advertise is adequate parking, transparency, or low crime rate. In fairness to the university, very few institutions of higher learning can tout a low crime rate in the 21st Century.

So who will get a bonus this year? We await...


Now here's an interesting tidbit: UNA offers less grant money each year than the average public or private college in Alabama. More students on average apply for student loans. Seemingly that would logically follow. 

Why doesn't UNA offer at least the average amount of grants each year? Perhaps one of our regular contributors can enlighten us.

1 comment:

  1. I don't know what got this blog down on UNA. Someone who is either associated with this blog or a "friend" of the blog probably either worked there and got fired or perceived some "slight" which set this blog off. That is usually the case on this blogs "missions". ANYWAY, all you wrote may be true; BUT UNA must be doing SOMETHING right!.......................................UNA Breaks Record with Overall Enrollment and Welcomes Largest Freshmen Class in School History

    Sep. 16, 2016

    Bryan Rachal, University Communications

    FLORENCE, Ala. – Official enrollment numbers are in and for the second year in row the University of North Alabama is breaking records! Official numbers show that the 7,492 students attending this fall is the largest total enrollment in the school’s 186-year history.

    The previous all-time enrollment record was 7,323 in 2007. This year’s 7,492 is a dramatic 5.8 percent increase over last fall’s 7,078.

    UNA also broke records in terms of the fall freshmen cohort. This fall UNA has welcomed 1,177 new freshman students in the cohort, a 1.6 percent increase over fall 2015’s cohort number, which was 1,159; and a 26.4 percent increase over fall 2014.