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Who can afford MCC?

To the Editor:

I am always astonished when I read another article about McHenry County College’s further expansion: the acquisition of property, new construction, more bricks and mortar, additional programs. It reminds me of the train, the “Empire Builder,” which I used to take to Dubuque, Iowa, where I was provided financial assistance, all of which I repaid with interest some 20 or 30 years ago. I hope other recipients also will do likewise whenever possible – replenish the pot, that is.

Whenever I see those three big capital letters (MCC), I am always eagerly anticipating reading about a deduction in tuition or the availability of more financial assistance, grants or scholarships. That hasn’t been so. I save most of the articles about MCC.

Economics 101: “The more you turn out, the lower the cost for each individual one.” I believe the enrollment at MCC has risen considerably. That being so, then why hasn’t the tuition gone down?

A prominent patriarch recently commented, “When you go out looking for a job, you have to bring something with you ‘to lay on the table’” (of the employer): a skill, an aptitude, a certificate of training, a degree, indicating what you are bringing with you or what you have to offer.

How can an average family afford to educate more than one child beyond high school?

For what doth it profit a student to have a fine college nearby if she or he can’t afford to attend?

Dave Boger



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