Divinity School May Raise Tuition $650 in 1975-76
The Divinity School Faculty yesterday recommended a tuition increase of $650 for 1975-76, raising tuition to $2850.
Three hundred dollars of the proposed increase to the University would be used to fund the financial aid program at the School, while $350 will be for general expenses. Despite the increase the Divinity School tuition remains the lowest in the University.
The tuition increase and other budgetary recommendations made by the faculty are subject to acting dean Preston N. William's approval.
The faculty also proposed personnal cuts to save $30,000 while recommending staff and faculty salary increases of 6 and 8 per cent, respectively.
Rich Would Subsidize
"Richer students would be subsidizing needy fellow students under these proposals," Glenn Boynton, dean for financial affairs said yesterday. He said the student aid budget "has been slowly whittled away" by rising costs and that "the low tuition rate was wrong and should end."
"I believe these recommendations share the burden of rising costs equally," Boynton said.
Jonathan Guest, a first-year divinity student and a member of the Divinity School budget committee said yesterday, "Students are unhappy over, but resigned to an increase of $350. But there'll be an outcry over that additional $300 increase as a subsidy for someone else's financial aid."
Students are bearing an increasing share of the costs and should be entitled to a better product, Guest said. "Instead they're being asked to sacrifice more than their share under these guidelines," he said.
Guest said there was very little student input on all the recommendations. "The Student Association's alternate budget proposals were virtually ignored by the faculty. The whole process has been very obscure and misunderstood by most students."
Guest said that the issue of tuition parity between the Divinity School and the other graduate schools is not resolved under these guidelines. The tuition in-
"Ideally, the faculty and students should cooperate in these areas of similar interest," Guest said.