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?