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Rising tuition costs have students and parents worried

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BIRMINGHAM - AL - The price tag for a college education in Alabama has gone up every year for seven straight years. Rising tuition at the University of Alabama and UAB didn't come as a shock to parents and students, but it's leaving them with serious concerns about debt after graduation. 

For Alabama residents, yearly school cost in Tuscaloosa - including room and board- is now around $26,000 - just slightly less than Auburn costs. For UAB and UA students, in-state prices are going up $188 per semester. Out of state - it's around $500 more. Rising costs have students and parents worried.

"Going to school is hard enough but just to know you have to pay more money - it can be stressful," Joshua Smith, a UAB Junior said.

This year, tuition at state schools is going up for the 7th year in a row. 

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"When you hear tuition costs going up, it's going up everywhere - it's ridiculous," Jasmine Hodges, a UAB Junior said. "You think of our parents - they paid $500 for a year, $3,000 for a year and then $3,000 was on the expensive end. Hearing now, my books alone cost $3,000. You have to worry about housing and meal plans."

"I'm going to try to go to a health professional school and that's going to be even more debt," Smith said. "Hopefully I'll be able to pay it off by working but it's definitely something I think about. I try to work while I go to school so I try to balance it out."

"I don't know any parent any friend of mine who has not had their children have to have loans to go to school," Crin Rutherford, a parent said.

Soon to be UAB Freshmen and their parents arrived on campus Friday for orientation, financing is a top concern. 

"College is very expensive," Rutherford said. "We applied for scholarships and more scholarships."

"Since middle school I've been on my A game in preparation for scholarships because I know they are so important and there's such a limited amount of scholarships," Jaylah Cosby, a UAB incoming Freshman said.

"Once you've graduated from college and entering the workforce I don't think it's fair to students to start off with that large amount of debt," LaToya Cosby, a parent said.

Here are links for a breakdown in the costs: 

http://cost.ua.edu/undergraduate-budget.html

https://www.uab.edu/students/undergraduate-admissions/transfer/paying-for-college-international/item/670-college-costs-alabama-residents


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