Comparing the Cost of Higher Education

Students at Midwestern State University are preparing for a protest rally. Organizers are upset with rising course fees at the University. Tuesday's rally is called the Mustang Promise rally/protest. Organizers say the school is not keeping with the Mustang Promise.

There's a guideline listed right on the schools admissions web site that says, "Our promise is that students at Midwestern State University are guaranteed through 2012 that with the exception of student- initiated fee increases, tuition and fees at MSU will not increase more than five percent in any academic year."

Just today Regents voted not to enact a course fee increase they had previously approved until the Fall semester. We wanted to know just how far the education dollar goes at MSU and how it stacks up against other similar schools.

We looked at tuition and fees for in-state students who live, park and eat on campus. According to the schools' official web sites, MSU runs about $7,000 a semester. Up in Lawton, Cameron is about $3,800. Out in Wilbarger County, Vernon college is around $4,000

One difference we noticed was in the fees. MSU listed many more use fees for campus services. The school's President, Dr. Jesse Rogers says, though, the fees are worth it.

"Those are student use fees like the student center fee and the recreation fee and the health fee and all students pay those particular fees in order to get the services that we provide on campus (and you feel they get a good bang for their buck with that?) Oh, absolutely. One looks at the university, at the programs we offer, the qualifications of our faculty the size of our classes, the equipment in our laboratories the activities we have on this campus I think its an outstanding bargain in higher education," said Rogers.

The national average for a public school is about $7,600 versus more than $16,000 a semester for a private school. All the schools in Texoma we found were under that average.

The students who are planning tomorrow's rally are upset in part about fee hikes. Doctor Rogers said many students were worried about the change in budget in the middle of a year. The hope of the Regents' vote today is that students will be better prepared to deal with the hike by having more time to prepare.

Newschannel 6 will be at the rally and bring you what the protestors have to say.

Paul Harrop, Newschannel 6