Citizen student price hikes: “The cost of dong business”
Although Arizona, under free-spending Gov. Janet Napolitano, faces unparalleled budgetary woes, Arizona State University chieftain Michael Crow has revealed his plans for the university’s most expensive campus building.
A $185 million, seven-story science and technology building, is scheduled to open in fall 2010, joining a new engineering and three bioscience buildings recently constructed.
The massive project will be financed through bonds which are to be repaid with other university revenue. Would those “other university revenues” be the ever increasing tuition rates and the escalating fees for room and board implemented this week?
With hikes of up to 9% to live on campus, this fall the cheapest room and board plan at ASU, will be $6,195. Crow says the increases are just the cost of doing business. “We try and keep our room-and-board costs as low as possible,” he said.
Yet Crow’s “special-class international students” are the recipients of financial largess from his caché of private benefactors, enabling illegal alien students to obtain in-state tuition, adverse to the restrictions imposed by voter approved Proposition 300. In effect, the illegals are getting a better deal than citizen students who are legal Arizona residents.
The Arizona Board of Regents, which is loathe to say “No!” to overpaid King Crow, gave the university permission this week to proceed with the construction plans.