So a couple students from the Student Labor Action Project decided to protest President Hitt’s State of the University Address on Wednesday.
While I did greatly enjoy their use of a poop emoji on a sign that read “Pres Hitt doesn’t give a [poop emoji] about student debt,” these students are seriously out of touch.
The estimated annual cost for Florida residents to attend UCF from 2015-16 is $17,317 — which includes tuition and fees, room and board, and books — according to the UCF website. For out-of-state students, the estimated cost is $33,414.
After the address, UCF spokesman Grant Heston told one of our reporters, “Student tuition at UCF is incredibly low when compared to the rest of the country, there haven't been student tuition increases in several years …”
Grant, you took the words right out of my mouth.
Want to go to Auburn, Virginia Tech or Ohio State? Be ready to shell out around $23,000 for in-state tuition, or better yet, $40,000 if you’re from out of state. And guess what? You’re going to find very similar numbers at every other public non-Florida school in the country. I won’t even bother to dive into private schools, because these student protesters would probably [poop emoji] their pants.
And although about half of UCF students graduate debt free, as Hitt stated at the address, one protester believes “he needs to take that initiative to help our students.”
I guess the literally hundreds of scholarships that are uploaded to the Financial Aid website every day isn’t initiative enough. No, they specifically want Hitt and his faculty to promote the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program, which grants loan forgiveness to students employed by the government and nonprofits.
Well guess what? They already did. Yep, in April. Associate professor Stephen Holmes spoke with the Central Florida Future about this same program, and brought up a pretty good point these protesters failed to chant: It doesn’t kick in until you’ve already made 120 monthly payments toward your student debt. So 10 years. TEN YEARS.
According to the Florida Department of Education, the typical monthly loan payment for UCF students is $205. Multiplied by 120, that’s $24,600.
I think it goes without saying that these protesters’ cause is quickly swirling down the [poop emoji] hole.
Let me boil it down for you: These students were mad at President Hitt for not advertising a program to his students that they wouldn’t even be able to apply for until 10 years after attending UCF.
During the address, Grant asked Hitt what keeps him up at night. And while I nearly spit out my coffee when he replied, “You mean besides Martha?” I think a better answer would have been “students who seem to have [poop emoji] for brains.”
Caroline Glenn is the Content Manager at the Central Florida Future. Follow her on Twitter @bycarolineglenn or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.