Saturday, March 03, 2007

Is this a joke? Is he f--ing kidding?

Dear Students:

I am writing to let you know that the Board of Trustees has set Law School tuition for next year at $34,136 (a 5.5% increase). Fees will be $516 (not including the health insurance fee for those who do not opt out).

As a private law school, we depend far more heavily on tuition than do public universities, which receive considerable state support. We face the same sharply rising costs that most private law schools around the country are dealing with. The increases in our costs exceed the tuition increase we are announcing for the coming year. Our tuition for next year will remain somewhat below that of most other comparable private law schools around the country.

We are making every effort to ensure that we spend your tuition dollars wisely and efficiently. Equally important, I am working hard to increase the scholarship resources available to our students, including not only incoming students but also rising second- and third-year students. With the support of a highly professional Financial Aid Office, along with a dedicated alumni body and other generous friends of the Law School, We are committed to ensuring that all our students have the resources to finance their legal education.

While I regret the necessity of any increase in tuition, I have no doubt that the value of a UM education more than justifies the tuition costs our students incur. There is no better preparation for the practice of law -- a fascinating, important, and honorable profession that plays a critical role in the welfare of our society -- than the legal education you receive here at the University of Miami.

With best wishes for a successful semester,

Dennis O. Lynch


At 5:24 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Was he serious when he said "highly professional Financial Aid Office"? Has he ever spoken to anyone over there? Call over there some time and see if you would qualify the person answering the phone as "highly professional." Apart from not being professional, they are also far from helpful. With yet another hefty increase in tuition, they are going to be much busier though.

So, essentially three years of tuition alone (not counting books, housing, etc.) is about $105,000. But with all the employers that the CPC is bringing to campus, we should have that paid back in what, about ...... never.

Of course, as certain faculty here will tell you, at least we're fortunate enough to have one of the finest faculty in the country. Of course, a good share of them despise the students and see them as second class citizens (or maybe they just don't know how to respond to emails - that damn Outlook is pretty confusing).

At 9:30 AM, Blogger SoFlaDave said...

He could have at least changed the wording a little (hasn't he sent out the same letter every year we've been here?)

At 10:09 PM, Blogger Vert said...

You'll be paying a lot in interest too relative to past years. I question the validity of many of these tuition increases because I haven't seen my school do anything to control costs other than charge students more. I know my school lured us with the it's to make the school better ploy but most of the increase goes into the professor's coffers and into comfy scholarships for a few curve busters. Nice hustle if you can get it.


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