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Posted: Thursday, September 17, 2009 10:00 pm

With state funding cuts and per-unit fees doubling over the last 15 years, is junior college less the bargain it once was?

Rhonda Reynolds doesn't think so.

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  • posted at 5:43 am on Sat, Sep 19, 2009.


    Whoa Nellie - I remember paying around $190 for my husbands tuition at Stan State and at the time it seemed a hardship. Looking back, you are right, it was chump change.I'm currently attending Stan State and tuition this semester was almost $2300, not including books. Spring semester was $1800. Not only was there a huge increase in tuition, but course offerings were cut and professors are taking a 10% pay cut and mandated furlough days, leaving students with 4 days per class with no instruction.

  • posted at 9:29 am on Fri, Sep 18, 2009.


    I also attended SJDC in the late 70s & early 80s and recall paying a very small amount, like $20 a semester or something. My first year at a CSU school was $190 in Fall 81. Also the figures listed for in-state universities I believe is for the UC system. My daughter & I were just looking at a few of the CSU schools online last week and each school gives a breakdown of estimates for tuition, books, dorm & dining hall, etc...Some Lodi kids are skipping Delta altogether due to it's many problems and going north to Rio Consumnes in So Sac.Palmquist highlights the GOOD about JR college. I did the same exact thing- an avg student at LHS but a 3.5+gpa at Delta. But with the difficulty of transferring to a 4-yr school now one has to wonder if a juco is the best decision?

  • posted at 4:31 am on Fri, Sep 18, 2009.


    csu's, uc's and private Univ, are WAY MORE expensive than community colleges. CC costs are chump change as far as colleges go. There are scholarships out there, you just have to find them like at monstertrack or fastweb.com.Colleges seem to be getting tougher to get into and to pay for each year. But I found if there is a will there is a way. You don't have to have the money to get the degree you want. Its about finding ways to pay for it, and probably having to give up things as well.

  • posted at 4:19 am on Fri, Sep 18, 2009.


    Where does Bonnett get the information that Delta College used to be free 25 years ago? I attended SJDC from 1978 to 1988 and I paid tuition each semester.



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