Thursday, April 19, 2012

Virginia Foxx: Creative Loafing's dunce of the week

Posted By on Thu, Apr 19, 2012 at 1:32 PM

Virginia Foxx infuriated more than a few co-eds this month when she made it clear she didn't tolerate any who graduate with thousands in debt. She had to work her way through UNC Chapel Hill, she said, even graduating three years later than expected because of her toils.

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Well, turns out the infamous Tar Heel representative didn't have to pay nearly what Carolina students pay now. Yep, even after inflation.

Foxx paid $87.50 per semester back in the '60s. That translates to $671 in 2012 - about what the average community-college student pays per semester.

Writes education website The Quick and the Ed:

In-state students at Representative Foxx's alma mater pay $7,008 - more than three times what Foxx paid. It took Foxx seven years to graduate, probably because she was working to put herself through college. During the 7-year period she was at UNC, tuition and fees increased about 0.6 percent per year. Compare that to UNC students who have seen their tuition and fees increase on average 7.2 percent per year since 2005. UNC students who take fewer classes in order to subsidize their tuition through work have found themselves in a losing battle with steep tuition increases.

Not only does Foxx represent a state that prides itself on its public and private higher-education institutions, she also chairs the Subcommittee on Higher Education and Workforce Training.

Madam, your dunce cap is in the mail.

Read quickanded's story here.

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