College Scam

The theme of the day seems to be that I’m being ripped off, in various and sundry ways, and I don’t like it.

Just paid my son’s college tuition for this semester.

Included in the charges was $5,790 for a semester of room and board. This means we paid $11,580 for 8 months for him to live in a 6′ x 9′ room and eat dorm food. Now granted, this is the dorm food of the 21st century, which is, from what I hear, decidedly better than the dorm food we ate in the 1980s, but still; at $10.50 a meal, I think we might have overpaid.

Is this the new model, how colleges can afford to stay in business? I was wondering (briefly) how they could charge this with a straight face, but then I realized that in today’s electronic age, it’s probably not all that difficult. (You all know how easy it is to say something to someone in an email that one would never be able to say to someone in person. Something that bears some consideration when writing that vehement response to your boss, underling, colleague.) Maybe this is what the advent of technology brings us — extortion. And we all willingly sit down at our computers, log in to our online banking accounts, and participate.

Tomorrow: health insurance.

2 Responses to “College Scam”

  1. March 21, 2010 at 10:13 am

    This kind of an attack is probably not going to be too succesful. Banking

  2. November 14, 2010 at 1:22 pm

    Hi, a friend pointed me toward your blog. I recently wrote a post on a similar topic: http://www.ztcollege.com/smart-investment-or-200000-ponzi-scheme/ Keep up the good writing!

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