In his letter (“Plan is unhelpful,” Aug. 18), Gary Griffith writes that he and his wife “put ourselves through school with absolutely no loans or gifts.”
Wrong. If you were attending college during the 1970s, the majority of the cost of sending you to both community college and then the university was borne by the taxpayer; you’re welcome! That’s the gift!
If you went to community college in the 1970s, there was no fee at all. The entire cost of sending you to school was borne by the taxpayer. Today, the fee for students is $46 per unit.
At the university level, starting in 2011 the burden reversed course and the student’s tuition exceeded the state’s contribution to the university system, mainly as a result of the Great Recession, when all state agencies were receiving fewer funds. So today’s students bear more of the cost of attending college than you ever did, Griffith. Why is it so that many people are so willing to walk through a wide-open door and then slam it shut behind them? You benefited greatly from a taxpayer-supported system, but now you don’t want to extend that courtesy to the next generation. That’s just plain selfishness.