Why is college so expensive?

There has been a lot of talk about issues in higher education.  One of the most common complaints is that the cost is too high.  But should students really be complaining?

What students get to experience is a luxurious life that is reserved for only 6 percent of the world, which is a statistic provided by CSU’s own Dr. Elizabeth Williams, a communication studies professor.


Universities provide amazing amenities, cutting-edge research opportunities, and carefully coordinated classes.  The resources provided to students are supposed to guarantee a successful career upon graduation.

Amenities such as the Recreation Center, Lory Student Center, Health Network, parts of athletics, Veterans Program, ASCSU, buses, counseling, student activities, computer labs, Wi-Fi, and construction are paid by student fees.

The cost of tuition primarily goes to professors, classrooms, libraries, and advising. Maintenance, custodians, operations, admissions, scholarships, and student services also play a minor role in tuition.

While CSU does not publish statistics regarding employment upon graduation, the overall unemployment rate is daunting and it seems that those with a degree are not immune.  But, could that just be a result of uninvolved students who do not understand that they have to proactively search for a career path instead of expecting a job to be handed to them?

The resources are available for students, but how many people actually take advantage of them?  These extra amenities and tools for building a network are crucial for success, and also why the cost of college is higher than one might expect.  Networking is everything in this world, and that is what a high quality university can provide.

Collegian Editor at Large Daniel Sewell can be reached at community@collegian.com.