I have no interest in the student loan forgiveness issue. I don’t have any, I never had any, my husband never had any, nobody in my family ever had any.
But when people say things like “well, universities will just raise tuition,” I writhe in vicarious shame in regards to the extraordinary childishness of such pronouncements. It’s OK not to know how things work. But then it’s a good idea not to go around opining on things of which you have no knowledge.
I have witnessed an effort to “just raise tuition” where I work that’s been going on for close to 15 years. We have fired everybody we could. We have stopped buying paper and toner. We have stripped every facility bare. We have stopped subscribing to academic journals. We even canned our subscription to the OED. But we have not been able to raise tuition. The state has dramatically reduced our funding many times over. And none of this has helped to “just raise tuition.”
Among all the remedies to our situation, nobody is even suggesting raising tuition any more because it’s on par with hoping to win the lottery. It’s not happening. We will dismantle every building brick by brick bit we will not raise tuition. We have increased cash handouts to students from 3 to 27 million per year in the past 20 years. Forget “just raising tuition,” it’s impossible to get this sum reduced to something reasonable.
It’s s very sore point right now. I’m happy for people whose debt will be reduced but this will do absolutely nothing for my university and its endless budget crisis.