How full-time-study credit discounts harm some students

Emilie Thiessen, news editor of Saint Cloud State University’s student paper, the University Chronicle, argues that the “banded tuition” policy at some state schools — which charges part-time students more per-credit than it does full-timers — inadvertently punishes those students who can’t finish in four years (or aren’t ready to):

… We would be encouraged to rush through school even more than we already do now. A system like this could potentially be harder on traditional students and overlook the unique needs of (working) non-traditional students.

If banded tuition would really save the average student some money, then great. But what about the not-so-average students? And if that money is being saved by rushing us through school that is already complete chaos, is that the right way to save money?

  • That’s not inadvertent at all. In fact, that is actually what a banded tuition policy is supposed to do, encourage students to take more credits and graduate faster.

    However, if the classes students need to graduate aren’t available when students need them, it’s not going to work very well.