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Students feel SCSU’s financial problems

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Money is very important anywhere in the world. No one can survive without money. Money is the only common denominator in the world that is common to everyone.

Colleges in the United States could give free tuition, but they have no money for that. Colleges in Minnesota could decide to let all the students go to school without paying, but there would be no education at all.

Let us take a closer look at it. If there were no professors, would there be education? No. What is used to keep these professors in the colleges as teachers? Their salary. If one day the school decides to not pay the salaries of all the professors, what would happen? There would be no one to teach. Let us look at it a bit closer again. Everything costs money in college. From the janitors who clean, to the buildings that we learn in, to the staff who work in the buildings to make our college experience better all need money in some sense.

It is not anyone’s fault that we all cannot go to school for free. College in particular is very expensive.

So, the issue of funding at SCSU has to do with decline in enrollment and budget deficit. There are several reasons the school is facing financial problems. Less students being enrolled means less money is going to the school. The state also gives less money when there are less students. That makes it hard for the school to have enough money to fund all the programs that they should.

Another issue is that since there are so many colleges in Minnesota, students have many options that they move from one place to another, especially when they are not having fun at one.

College students want to have the best college experience and tend to insist on going to a new place that can provide them all the fun they want. They have a way of saying a particular place is boring. The Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system consists of 31 public colleges. There are 54 campuses in 47 communities throughout the state of Minnesota, according to MnSCU. It is really easy to transfer, considering general education requirements are all the same.

How does it affect us as students exactly?

How is all this financial crunch happening in school our business exactly? Some classes were canceled, because there were not enough students to fill those classes. So, remember that class that you were so excited to take? Now it has been canceled, and you need to look for another class to fill it and all the classes left are Psychology, Statistics, Mathematics, Chemistry and Engineering (Hard classes in general).

Also, do you realize that your fees have increased? Now it is your business, right? Yes. It is, because of the budget crunch. When a school loses students, they compensate by increasing tuition. Now you have to work more hours to pay your fees, and it has increased your stress level. Now you have to take out more loans and spend more years of your life paying them off. Now you have to pay more money that you don’t have. This part becomes your business.

Have you got cut from your off campus job too? Well that’s the impact of the budget deficit, and now that becomes something you are concerned about. The school cut off student workers, because they could not afford to pay them. A lot of students had to go off campus to get jobs. International students could not get jobs off campus as it is against the rules of F-1 visa. This made the struggle all too real for many students who are international.

I went through a lot trying to get a job on campus, but after applying for over 70 jobs on Career Services, I realized that I was getting nowhere and decided to take a break.

I got tired of hearing the words, “We have a funding problem, and we have no way to pay you.”

I decided to be patient and not give myself high blood pressure as I could not wave a magic wand and solve the funding issue. I went to all the offices I knew to ask, but they could not help me since I was not qualified for work study. I am grateful for the privilege to be here and have no reason to compare myself to others, because others get loans, financial aid and scholarships of all sorts.

I understand the issue well.

Money is hard to make, and I understand when people say they are looking for jobs. I especially feel for international students who pay out of state which is more than the resident rates. The truth is that the school is really having financial problems. It may be hard to understand for some people who just want a job, but things are what they are.

For those who have really worked hard to get a job, kudos to you. For the rest of us who are still searching for jobs, may the odds be ever in our favor. I hope things get better for the school and they get more students. I hope all works out for the school, and people who deserve jobs get them.

The ways to get the money for the school is to get more students to come to the school. It is not going to be enough to just get them, but they need them to not transfer to another college also. I am not saying that they should be forced to stay but a survey should be conducted to ask students what makes them want to leave?

Whatever they say should be recorded, so that those issues should be understood and there would be less chance of students leaving. Another thing that can help is to cut off tenure for professors who are not upholding the values of the school to highest standards. In all, every problem has a solution. No matter how bad things are now, they will always get better.

There is a quote I like that says, “It’s going to get harder before it gets easier, but it will get better. You have to make it through the hard stuff first.”

So, it is the tough times that make us tough. For anyone who is experiencing the direct impacts of the financial crunches at SCSU, just trust that everything will work out. Everything has a way of falling into place in the end. It always has been and always will be.

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