MSJC Budget Cuts Will Hurt Students

Recently, there has been a lot of talk from teachers about the budget cuts that will directly affect...

mt san jacinto college menifeeRecently, there has been a lot of talk from teachers about the budget cuts that will directly affect students at Mt. San Jacinto College. The campus will be taking a $5 million budget cut and due to this, they will be getting rid of 500 classes in total, including those from San Jacinto, Temecula, Beaumont/Banning and Redlands as well.

Not only will classes be cut, but the fees will be going up from $26 a unit to $36 a unit. There will be summer classes offered, but they will be remedial classes.

For myself, I only have five classes left until I transfer. I am concerned that my education will be pushed farther than it has been. The unit fee is not a problem; Mt. San Jacinto continues to be the lowest unit fee community college in the United States. The college should have the unit fees somewhere in the $60 range so it can keep more classes open without drastic course cuts. However, this is not so and even if it were most people who attend Mt. San Jacinto have a California Grant that pays the unit fees. I find it truly amazing that Governors always cut education first, when they should be cutting elsewhere.

So what do these cuts mean for the student? If you have not already guessed, students will have an even harder time getting into the classes they need. This will push their education back; if not even discourage students from continuing their education. Students can only take so much with course cuts before they feel discouraged and give up; not to mention the book fees these students are already paying for courses they may not even need.

It is very unfortunate that education is always the first to get cut. The only advice I have is if you feel the slightest bit of discouragement, continue to finish your education. The budget cuts will get worse in the coming years and coming back to college may be the hardest route. Keep up the hard work and tread through the dark, you will be surprised what you can accomplish if you set your mind to it. Education is important, and the cuts will eventually let up but only time will tell when.


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