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Editorial: Terrible truth about college costs in Alabama

Tuition increase

In the last 10 years, the average tuition at four-year public universities in Alabama has risen 69.8 percent. That’s neither a mathematical error nor a typo. The financial pain of earning a four-year college degree in our state is both outrageous and unsustainable over the long haul.

State legislators and university administrators should be ashamed for the role they play in this assault on the affordability — or lack thereof — of a college degree in Alabama, a largely rural state beset with some of the nation’s worst pockets of poverty. That enrollment at some of our universities has risen proves the willingness of students and their families to assume unreasonable amounts of debt in their quest for education and future employment.