Michael Woodworth

Equinox Staff

 

With the in-state tuition of $21,538 students could buy, individually, over 3,500 sizzlers or 7,000 boxes of Kraft Mac and Cheese. A house party could contain 280 kegs. Eighteen people could have a new MacBook and Netflix could be run for 175 straight years. Over 2,600 large pizzas from Domino’s could be bought.

“That’s a lot of food and a lot of parties,” junior Dan Ciccarello said.

For out-of-state, $28,438, according to the Keene State College website. To the school, it’s money received; to the students, it can be seen as just dollar signs and future student debt. If the students did not attend college, that money could be put to a more personal and even recreational use rather than educational.

When the students interviewed heard the numbers, all reacted with a “wow” or “that’s crazy.” While having this extra money to spend on college necessities, some students thought against having the items in bulk. “I would rather get an education,” junior Velvet Young commented.

 

“You’re not really going to make anything back,” sophomore Colin Bogrette said.

Looking at the numbers, is the education the students receive worth a staggering 26,925 cans of Bud Light? Patrick Johnson, a senior studying communications, said he thinks so. “Yes, through what I’m learning for communications and for being in-state,” he said.

“I think that the quality of your education largely depends on yourself,” senior Ben Dovidio said.

There is roughly a $7,000 gap between the in-state student tuition and the out-of-state tuition. According to Karen House, interim vice president of finance and planning, there is a gap because the state gives grants to the college in lieu of helping New Hampshire citizens.

“They are getting the same services [in-state and out-of-state students],” said House. “I’m sure it’ll feel better in value,” she added, referring to in-state student.

House said she thinks the state should do better in the investment it makes for the citizens and the future workforce. “My first preference is that everyone pays less,” she said.

Making the decision of what to spend the money on, though, if they didn’t attend college was a tough one for the students. Being put on the spot generated some time consuming silent thinking.

Junior Nick Votruba said he would build an amusement park while sophomore Chris Kouroyen said he would be a ski bum, spending his money on lift tickets and hot chocolates in the base of the mountain lodge.

Others, however, took a more direct route to growing up and getting started on the rest of their life. Jocelyn Frederick, a junior, mentioned she would buy a house and save the rest.

Junior Cat Seltzer said she would get a job and use the money and more to get an apartment.  Junior Chris Murphy commented that he would put it in a bank, let it accumulate interest and then buy a house and a car.

Some students said they would spend the money saved from not going to school on some fun activities. Junior Alysha Orrok said she would pay for a car and then go on a cruise.

When students receive that email or bill in the mail saying next semester or next year’s tuition is due, the only thing being seen is a dollar sign and an seemingly outrageous number.

But students can use their imaginations to conjure up their wildest dreams and think about what they could be using the money they spend on their college experience.

 

Michael Woodworth can be contacted at mwoodworth@keene-equinox.com.

 

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