The $300 Problem at CUNY

Students at the City University of New York Lachlan Markay are protesting a proposed $300 tuition hike. The Heritage Foundation’s Lachlan Markay ridicules the protest:

The proposed change: an extra $300 per year, bringing the total in-state tuition for full-time students to $5,430 per year – significantly less than the $8,244 nationwide average for in-state students at 4-year public universities.

The riots were apparently orchestrated by a group called “Students United for a Free CUNY.” The group, as its name suggests, wants CUNY to accept students free of charge – or, more accurately, to bill New York taxpayers for the expense.

Well it’s a public college. The taxpayers are supposed to fund it, that’s the nature of such an institution.

CUNY was tuition-free until 1975, when a financial crisis caused New York to charge students to attend college.

Daniel Luzer

Daniel Luzer is the news editor at Governing Magazine and former web editor of the Washington Monthly. Find him on Twitter: @Daniel_Luzer