The Latest Trend on College Campuses Is a Time-Waster That Costs Students Big

What’s going on?

Luxurious extras at public university campuses have reached a new level. The Universities of Alabama, Iowa and Missouri have installed lazy rivers as part of million-dollar expansion projects that mean students will be shelling out even more to get that college degree.

Who’s paying for that?

If you’re a student, you’re footing the bill for amenities like water parks and lazy rivers. At Louisiana State University, student fees that are added on to tuition costs have nearly tripled since 2000. Getting an education is already way too expensive, and extra fees that cover lavish, unnecessary amenities aren’t helping.

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Glenn’s take:

Glenn pointed out that public universities were “built on the premise that educated citizens are a vital piece to a democratic society” … and they’ve fallen far from that original purpose.

“Now, college administrations and trustees are way more concerned with building their university brand than maintaining any kind of public trust,” Glenn said.