(Original post by GoldenTriangle)
Uncapped fees would be better.
This is how research, teaching and facilities can improve at a far greater rate. Many American unies are rich as fook :P:
We would get "fair" loans and scholarships obviously.
Harvard give out a crap load of scholarships for those that are able. Money is not the reason why people don't go to Harvard....
You think the current fees don't already price people out of going to uni? Student loans, dude.
Obviously you have taken in the glamour that is harvard and neglected the dark side to american higher education. Harvard charges $30,000 a year just for tuition. This dosent include accomodation, which in cambridge MA, costs A LOT. + food/bills/societies (which are links to top jobs) etc. They cost A LOT and many bright students cant afford it.
My cousin lives in south carolina, where his mother works 7 days a week at Wal Mart and his father is an IT consultant ad a mid-range firm. They earn enough to have a moderate sized house, afford necessitiess and have enough for emergencies etc. They still take the bus to their jobs (except for my uncle who has a second hand car) and they havent been on holiday in 10 years. They are deemed 'middle class' by our standards.
My cousin is an intelligent boy. He scored in the top 5% of the state in his SATs and was accepted into Stanford, Columbia and Yale. He also applied to smaller colleges. Now even though he could go to 3 ivy leagues, he was not accepted into any scholarship programmes. He was either 'not poor enough' or he didnt get in the top 2% to be considered a worthwhile candidate. As a result, he is now attending a smaller liberal arts college, where once he graduates, he will still be in **** loads of debt, and will be unlikely to afford grad school at an ivy league. He is considering not going to college and becoming an IT consultant at my uncles place of work.
His friend on the other hand, is very rich. His dad is an investment banker at Meryll Lynch, and his mother dosent work, but has inheritance money from her rich parents. He did well in the SATs, well enough to get into Cornell and Columbia, but nowhere near as well as my cousin (i dont know what score he got however). He will be going to columbia next year and will probably end up working for a big bank upon graduation.
tell me the above scenario is fair. Ok so columbia gets monies to do as much research as they like, but they also take in rich, undeserving kids who can provide them this money. An academic institution (and a fine one at that) makes a contract with a wealthy family to educate their average son in order to get cash, whilst neglecting a bright middle class boy whose parents have worked every single day of their lives since migrating. My cousins family pay a higher % of tax than the second boys parents (if you look at it as a flat tax) and in turn get ****** over by greed. Tell me how that is fair ?
uncapping fees encourages greed, and encourages a situation like this. The notion that if you work hard you will acheive dies, it rather becomes, 'if you are rich, you will continue to become so'- capitalism at its worst.Quite frankly if this were the case, most students on this site wouldnt be able to afford university, and instead, wed be embracing a culture of debt burdens. No thanks.