The Corner

College Costs

The College Board issued a report on rising tuitions. In a departure from past reports, it included a section on state government spending “in order to provide some insight into the factors influencing prices.” In other words, tuitions are rising because state governments are cutting back. John Boehner, the head of the House committee on education, is complaining that the College Board is providing selective insights. “As Moody’s Investors Service recently told the New York Times, extravagant spending by institutions for everything from super-size jacuzzis and sunbathing decks to massage facilities and rock-climbing walls is contributing significantly to the soaring cost of college,” says the Republican congressman.

I’ve always figured that most forms of governmental aid to colleges (and to college students) raise tuitions.

Ramesh Ponnuru — Ramesh Ponnuru is a senior editor for National Review, a columnist for Bloomberg View, a visiting fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, and a senior fellow at the National Review Institute.

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