Christopher J. Ortiz
It’s almost official: Colorado will be the first state to issue
vouchers for college. But, unfortunately, the state included a
145-credit hour cap in the stipend program. If a student exceeds
that amount, he or she will lose the stipend and essentially be
forced to pay out-of-state tuition rates.
We are not completely opposed to the idea of having a reasonable
and fair credit cap, but at 145, average students are put at risk
of paying higher tuition.
Not everyone comes to CSU their freshman year with a declared
major. Some take a year, or two or three, to decide what they want
to study. What happens to students who want to pursue a double
major or pick up a minor to better help prepare them for the career
Students should feel free to explore different avenues of higher
education and not feel rushed to get in and out. For some students,
there will not be a problem with graduating before reaching the
credit cap, but for others, they are vulnerable to being ineligible
for the stipend and paying more for tuition.
What is a fair credit cap? 200? 160? We are not sure, but if
there needs to be a credit cap, it needs to be high enough to allow
the vast majority of students to attend CSU without the fear of
paying higher tuition, and 145 credits is simply too low.