Matador News Episode 2: College Tuition on the Rise

Matador News Episode 2: College Tuition on the Rise


Good morning all Matadors. This is Jizzele Zelaya reporting live from Cal State Northridge and this is Matador News. The rise of college tuition occurs here
and then but does it affect the student’s productivity? In fact more college drop outs
occurred due to financial instability compared to cases that
academic struggles. Larry Gordon from Los Angeles Times said “California’s public universities
enacted the highest average tuition increase twenty one percent of any
state, the annual study of college costs found.” Lynn O’Shaughnessy from CBS News
Money Watch said “They noted that federal funding such as Pell Grants is often
blamed for driving up college costs. The economists, however, suggests that there
is strong suggestive evidence that decreases in state and local funding in public universities are linked to tuition
increases particularly since the recession.” We came back to Northridge to see how
students react towards these tuition costs and how it affects them. We interviewed various students from
different years to hear take on the rise of tuition costs and this is
what they had to say. Meryllia Luavasa: So right now I am currently a senior and the annual increases in tuition and has
definitely impacted me and fifth year senior and I graduate in May. Because it has to forced me to take
out loans and uhm and that’s just I just know that’s it’s gonna, you know what I mean, it can affect me in the future So… it’s affected me in that way. Yeah, I mean it just keeps going up. It’s annoying. Maverick Arandia: The increase impacted my lifestyle because now I have to conserve gas, save more money and start carpooling because my parents paid for the tuition. Jessyca Matiano: It hasn’t really affected me a lot. The only thing I have to do now is learn how to budget my money
and whole lot better. Meryllia Luavasa: I definitely think that tuition increases uh… affect those who can get financial aid because I know that aid package it decreases so you know, especially for those who really need
financial aid like I know it can definitely impact them because if they need books and they need to pay
for rent if they’re off campus, or even in the dorms it’s very expensive uh… I know that
financial aid as tuition increases financial aid can minimize as well. So yeah, that’s what I think. Maverick Arandia: I believe that it doesn’t affect students who receive financial aid because none of the money that’s paying for their tuition
is out of their own pockets. and that’s what I think. Jessyca Matiano: Since I obtained financial aid I don’t think it makes me as
much compared to somebody who’s paying straight out of my pocket because that’s
their hard work money. Meryllia Luavasa: I think one of the ways that students can support those who uh… pay out of pocket for their education is to just encourage them to
just keep going and also give them words of affirmation because it’s just like
“Wow, I don’t know how you do it but the fact that you’re here you know in paying
out-of-pocket knowing that it’s not easy knowing that the tuition uh… prices just keep increasing.” They deserve a round of applause. I think just affirming them in that
matter uh… even if people are ballin’ you
know what I mean and the people have a lot of money still like they’re paying out of pocket that’s awesome and also for those who have financial aid, that’s awesome too. And I guess I think encouraging them to use the resources on campus, you know, make use of their money uh… and uh… spreading the news about scholarships that
come out on campus I think some students are just not informed or job opportunities that some of the students may be qualified for. uh… I think that would dope. But now that I think about it, I think this is a great question because I don’t think we really reflect and think
about how these college students are getting through so that’s a good food for thought. Maverick Arandia: I believe we can help students by creating a program to fund the excess tuition Jessyca Matiano: I feel like we should help them by encouraging them to visit the financial aid office so they can learn about the resources
that are available to them because in the long run that sacrifice that they’re doing is going to
help them out. As you can see many students struggle
from tuition increases based on their financial status. We here it at Matador News
acknowledge the frustration students face while encountering tuition costs and we want to make a difference for those students. For the benefit of our viewers we
interviewed one of CSUN’s financial aid counselors and gave us some advice for
students to take into consideration. Hi, I’m Lili Vidal, the director of financial aid and scholarships and I want to welcome you to Cal State
Northridge. We’re here to help you finance your
education and to provide other information as such as financial
literacy that’ll help you and your whole life not just here at college. We have a
lot of information on our financial aid website so when you have a question
that’s the first place to start. There are few important things that you
need to know. One is to regularly check your CSUN email and your portal
at least once a week to get information on what you might need to complete and if you can find an answer to your
question please don’t ask your friend or your faculty member come directly to us
in Byramian Hall or give us a call and finally please pass all the classes that you
take because otherwise it could endanger your financial aid in future years. Good Luck and welcome For questions comments or concerns regarding
finances scholarships tips or upcoming programs
and workshops, visit a counselor in the financial aid office located west of
Bayramian Hall. No appointment necessary and financial aid counselors are available on a
walk-in basis, so go check it out and take advantage of your resources. Here ten tips to save money for students
provided by HowStuffWorks buy or rent use textbooks seek alternative transportation bring your own lunch to school set up a student checking account be organized- save receipts take advantage of student discounts, get
a part-time job get a cheaper cell phone plan make a better housing plan and for
scholarships. Saving money isn’t as easy is it looks but
doing this on a regular basis gradually increases your knowledge of saving and
gets you prepared to survive the tuition increases. Reporting live from Cal State Northridge,
this is Jizzele Zelaya, Matador News.

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