Volume 91, Issue 82

Thursday, March 5, 1998

Lady Liberty


Pay your own way

Re: Tuition complaints

To the Editor:
I am writing this letter because I am sick and tired of hearing students complain about tuition.

I don't think students have the right to expect the government to pay for their education. That is not right. Why should taxpayers be burdened with student debt? I am already paying for my own degree – why should I have to pay for everyone else's too? No one deserves to have everything handed to them; they should have to earn it.

I am in my fourth year at Western. I am not from London so this means that on top of all that tuition, I've also had to dish out tons of money for rent and food. I've never received any type of scholarship, grant or even OSAP. My parents do not pay for my education either, yet I AM NOT IN DEBT!

Why, you ask?

Because I work hard for my money and budget it. I got my first job in early high school and have been working ever since. And don't try and tell me that there aren't any jobs out there because if you are willing to work you can always find something.

I believe the majority of students should not be in debt. I believe that it is every student's responsibility to pay for the greater part of university costs.

The majority of the students that are in debt are not working. What is with that? And the most pathetic ones are the people who still live with their parents. Their debt complaints are ones which I can not even begin to comprehend.

I don't claim to know much about politics but I do know that our education right now is pretty cheap. Raising tuition by 10 or 20 per cent over the next couple of years is not asking for too much. I would rather pay for my own education now, then everyone else's in my tax dollars a few years down the road.

Tracey Johnson
Biology IV

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