May 062004
Authors: Collegian Editorial Staff


Shandra Jordan

Colleen Buhrer

Willow Welter

J.J. Babb

Patrick Crossland

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

meat market?

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.

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