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    For $57,232 per year you get what at Brown University?

    For $57,232 per year you get what at Brown University?

    The bubble stretches ever thinner

    Sex change operations and nudity workshops.

    Via this Providence Journal article comes news about Brown’s upcoming tuition, room and board hike (h/t EarthOceanSkyRedux):

    Brown University has increased tuition by 4 percent, to $57,232, for fiscal 2014.

    That includes tuition (rising 4.2 percent to $44,608), room and board (rising 3.2 percent to $7,200 and $4,420 respectively), health fee ($690, an increase of $18), recreation fee ($64, unchanged), and student activities fee ($250, an increase of $36).

    And this isn’t even all of the charges a Brown scholar can expect.  At College Insurrection, we detailed some extras in “Fees Gone Wild“:

    Before students even matriculate to campus, they already must pay a few major fees. First, they will encounter the $2,861 health care plan, which they are automatically enrolled in unless they provide proof of adequate heath insurance. Then students are charged a $672 Health Services fee, along with a $214 student activity fee and $64 recreation fee. In addition, students are automatically enrolled in meal plan and housing, which together cost $11,258. Students are not allowed to opt out of the meal plan during freshman year and must remain in student housing at least through sophomore year.

    The fees do not end there. If students are lucky enough to get a New Dorm suite or a Young Orchard Apartment, they will feel the sting of a $1,290 suite fee. If students opt to live off-campus (something that must first be approved by Brown, which denies students this privilege despite overcrowded dormitories), they will be charged a $658 non-residence fee, simply for not living in a dorm.

    Despite Brown’s openness to academic freedom, it maintains a tight grip on students’ financial freedom.

    And if students obtain loans to cover portions of the almost $240,000 charged in obtaining a degree in 4 years (which isn’t even a guarantee), it could jeopardize not only their their finances, but other aspects of their life well beyond their college years.

    This Valentine’s Day, it may be good for those looking at high-priced institutions like Brown to consider that “Student Loan Debt is the New Herpes”.

    The credit score, once a little-known metric derived from a complex formula that incorporates outstanding debt and payment histories, has become an increasingly important number used to bestow credit, determine housing and even distinguish between job candidates.

    It’s so widely used that it has also become a bigger factor in dating decisions, sometimes eclipsing more traditional priorities like a good job, shared interests and physical chemistry. That’s according to interviews with more than 50 daters across the country, all under the age of 40.

    But at least Brown’s graduates will have memories of all the fun programs they enjoyed during their college years.


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    GrumpyOne | February 15, 2013 at 11:42 am

    Part of those increases are tied to the “voluntary” payments in lieu of taxes that the university and other non profits pay to the City of Providence.

    The city, (as many of you know), nearly went and is still teetering on the brink of bankruptcy due to the irresponsible acts of its politicos, unions and the like.

    I’m not defending Brown but just trying to point out a contributing factor.

    It’s all part of the RI culture which now closely resembles that of California and Illinois which to me represent a sure path to failure.

    That’s why I left some twenty plus years ago…

    And, to cap it all, at the end of four years and a quarter mil later, you have a degree from Brown. You might be able to crawl back up the intestine of the academico-politico-media beast and lurk there like a tapeworm leaching off the pabulum that flows your way, but more likely you’ll be saddled with debt, well-nigh unemployable in anything remotely resembling a profitable line of work, and bitter at the society that gulled you into thinking your non-STEM diploma was worth the paper it was written on.

    Icepilot | February 15, 2013 at 2:07 pm

    “… obtaining a degree in 4 years (which isn’t even a guarantee) … ” – like it should be?

    Brown? As in that brown ring around my ass?

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