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Mark's Voice


How have increased tuition fees impacted you and your family?:
I grew up in a broken family. My mother has worked hard all her life to put my two older brothers and me through college. I¿m the last of my brother¿s who need to graduate and with increased tuition fees rising every semester, it¿s just prolonging my time here in school. Due to major budget cuts and lack of funding it gets harder each semester to get the classes you need for your major. I took two years off and I regret it terribly. With economy being so bad I had to work to help support my family during those tough times. Now coming back to school tuition has tripled from when I first started and it is literally ¿killing me¿. I¿m forced to take a lighter load because I can¿t afford to take anymore classes and simply because the classes I need are jam packed right from the get-go. In today¿s society a college degree is considered needed if you want to have adequate income, but at what cost are we to pay for this type of education? It¿s absurd that society is guiding us to a higher education, but at the same time restraining us from getting that education due to increased tuition fees.


What are you studying at SF State and what do you hope to do once you graduate?:
Right now, I¿m planning to get my B.S. in Microbiology. After I graduate I¿m debating if I want to continue to get my masters because I don¿t know what my debt to income ratio will be from my student loans. If I don¿t continue to get my masters I want to pursue a career towards a pharmaceutical company.


Mark P., 25 Fremont



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