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Tuition vs. net cost, and the question of financial aid

By Shain Bergan

Becky Pallack made an interesting post on her Campus Correspondent blog for the Arizona Daily Star on Tuesday.

Short but sweet, Pallack points out that while everyone is focused on the impending dramatic increase in University of Arizona tuition and fees, they may actually want to take a closer look at net cost of attendance—that is, the cost after the help typically provided by the UA Office of Financial Aid.

The post on the Campus Correspondent references these numbers as the Arizona Board of Regents’ figures for net tuition paid by the average UA student:

“2006-07 $1,297

2007-08 $1,801

2008-09 $1,977”

Here’s the interesting part: Pallack says that the net cost of attendance is rising even faster than the tuition sticker price. UA President Robert Shelton and ABOR’s defense of the rising tuition over the past several months has been that while tuition itself will rise, financial aid will increase even more, actually making UA attendance more affordable for the majority of students, especially those under or around the poverty level.

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Another round of UA Transformation cuts is all but certain at this point

Kudos to the Arizona Daily Star’s Becky Pallack for this report on how the University of Arizona would approach another round of budget cuts, if such a realization became reality (also check out Pallack’s blog, The Campus Correspondent, which is conveniently located on the WatchCat’s blogroll).

Pallack includes this toward the end of her post:

“With all of that in mind, the UA’s strategy for budget planning goes like this:

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Others recycling news; The UA got off easy at ABOR

  • Trust no one…except the WatchCat

Apologies for the wait on the 2nd day of the Arizona Board of Regents meeting at the Arizona State University West campus. We wanted to wait to see the two-cents input from other news outlets (although there doesn’t seem to be anything here) on a Friday meeting that clearly only focused on ASU’s “strategic business plan” (In more pressing news, ASU President Michael Crow is apparently also the unflappable Bill Belichick—who knew?!)

Well anyway, the reason we didn’t report on this and this is simple—We already have!! Three times!!! Besides, look at this and this—the same thing, right? That’s what we said! Apparently no one picked up on it, though (except the good ol’ WatchCat News-Journal). Talk about ABOR (and others) recycling news. Check out the stats (links) on financial aid and enrollment statistics for yourself if you wish. They are mildly interesting.

  • I mean, uh, do we even have one?

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The WatchCat Twitterfied

Following the rest of the social world, we here at the WatchCat finally broke down and started our own Twitter feed. I’ve long ridiculed Twitter and its followers, but the WatchCat now proudly stands beside them in social-web world.

Our first Twitter experience? Live-Tweeting the Arizona Board of Regents meeting. We’ve begun dishing it out, ABOR. Let’s see if you can take it, misters and madams Regents.

State of Arizona: Here’s that $75 million we didn’t give you on time…our bad

When you woke up this morning and went to school, you may have smelled something. No, not the rotting sinew of student sin, silly—I’m talking about the smell of money, $30 million to be exact.

As it turns out, the State of Arizona finally made good on the $75 million monthly check, $30 million of which went to the University of Arizona, that was due to the Arizona University System in December. Reeling from and still trying to come somewhere near solving the current state budget crisis (I’m sure you’ve heard about it; it’s what all the kids are talking about.), the State Legislature thought it prudent to keep those funds next to its pillow for about an extra 30 days.

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UA Tuition: A disturbing trend put into perspective

With all the recent talk out in cyberspace about tuition hikes—what they mean for the University of Arizona, examining what is supposed to be an “as free-as-possible” education, what the future will bring, sticker shock, etc.—the WatchCat News-Journal wants to get in on the action.

While it is not exactly an epiphany to state that continuous tuition hikes are disturbing and possibly excessive, connecting dots with what tuition hikes have meant historically may go a long way to putting things into perspective, showing just how outrageous some of these numbers have become and how they are connected to other aspects of university policy.

To do our part, we’ve spent quite some time digging around news reports, UA documents and the trusty ol’ UA Fact Books to bring you a good, hard numbers salad to go with your outrageous tuition beefsteak.

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Winter Break irregular posting

As the UA students head off on their winter break, so will we. Well, kind of. Call it a semi-hiatus, or rather irregular posting—you know, finals, flying to see family, the Holidays. All of these things will prevent us here at the WatchCat from supplying you with semi-daily new material.

We’re not going to be fully gone, though. Here’s what you can expect from the WatchCat between now and the beginning of the spring semester in January:

-Posts that link to the writings of other blogs and news outlets

-Analysis from those links

-Further in-depth research on the UA Transformation, specifically focused on UA personnel moving around and what money is involved, as each of those has been severely misconstrued since the early life of the UA Transformation Plan

-A new tab at the top of the front page devoted to a rundown of the timeline of the Tranformation Process, as well as being a general hub for Transformation research that will be done by the WatchCat over Winter Break.

So you see, we’re still going to be here, and we’re still going to be posting fairly often over the break, although expect about one or two posts a week until the beginning of next semester hits the university—Then it will be the usual all-out blitz.