Tuesday evening, after dragging their feet for weeks, student lobbyists released their counter-proposal to President Pete Likins' tuition plan.
Unfortunately, both plans share the same essential problem: They divert more than half of the increase to financial aid, ignoring the university's obvious budgetary problems.
In other words, we're raising tuition to pay for raising tuition.
Under the lobbyists' plan, in-state undergraduate tuition would be raised by $900, and out-of-state by $1,450. Likins' plan called for a $1,000 boost for in-staters and $1,250 for out-of-staters. Keen observers of Likins' plan will remember that approximately 60 percent of the proposed increase was to be funneled to financial aid. As a result, less than half of an average student's $1,000 would pay for his or her education.