The argument is that part-time students, who pay by the credit hour, are in effect subsidizing full-time students, who pay a flat fee.
That hardly seems fair. One way colleges could make up the difference is to reduce the hourly charges for part-time students.
Instead, under the proposed legislation, six community and four-year colleges would rake in millions more from full-time students. That is shortsighted.
Tuition increases draw competition. Already, online schools such as the University of Phoenix are peeling students away from brick-and-mortar institutions.
Per-credit hour fees may make sense, but the change should be revenue neutral.
The state hardly needs a drop in college graduates and an increase in student loan defaults.
Raising tuition would produce both.