Local organizations worried about tuition increase

Local organizations worried about tuition increase

WICHITA FALLS, TX - In the last 15 years, college tuition at Texas Universities has jumped nearly 150%.

One thing that's not jumping is an increase in financial aid.

Tiffany Uke is a senior at Midwestern State University, but since she changed her major she has another year and a half left.

Uke receives financial aid for college, but with college becoming more expensive and that financial helping cover less and less, that could cause a problem.

"There is this push for education and being educated," said Uke.  "But if you don't have the money to pay for school, how are you supposed to educate yourself?"

87% of students receive some kind of financial aid.

Gonzalo Robles is the founder of Café con Leche, an organization that prepares students for college.

He said higher education is more important now than ever.
"A high school education is no good anymore," said Robles.  "They need more than that."

By the year 2020, Robles says 65% of jobs will require some sort of college education.

Recent cuts from the blue print released by President Trump could change how students are getting their money for school.

That has Robles worried.
"Sometimes I wake up and I'm like is this real," said Robles.  "We know that the key to middle class and economic success is post-secondary education."

Uke hopes to see something fixed soon so she stays out of debt in the future.
"If I take out a $100 thousand dollar loan now as a 22 year old, me paying it off would be quite creative," said Uke.  "I'd probably be 50 by the time I pay it off."

"What are we going to do," said Robles.  "How are we going to do so to make sure that all the students have access to the American dream?"

Robles said right now they are putting focus on getting students to apply for scholarships.

He said preparing for college has never been this important.