Good Reports Engineering Undergrads May Pay More

According to a recent Good article, a growing trend shows that Engineering students, along with Nursing and Business undergraduates, may have to pay more for their tuition than Humanities majors in the future. 143 public colleges and universities already utilize differential tuition with additional costs appearing in many forms, such as charging juniors and seniors more for the smaller class sizes that usually constitute most upper level courses, or, like the University of Maine, simply charging students an extra $75 per engineering course. Supporters argue that majors like Nursing and Engineering net a higher starting salary than English majors, but do you think this is enough justification? Is it unfair for English majors to pay the same for a degree with less job security? How would universities be able to determine the proper differentiation between degrees? Could this change deter some students from pursuing an Engineering degree?


  1. Engineering already pays more than other Humanities majors. Engineering majors typically have 95-100 units to graduate while Humanities have around 60. It would a double hit to have more classes and if each class were more expensive.

  2. ‘The stupid shall be punished’ the saying goes. Why should Engineers pay more because of their starting salaries. Life isn’t fair. It a redistribution. The sooner the engrish majors realize it, the better off they will be. I can see pay based on class sizes. But it should apply to all classes and all majors. If they are elect to take a class with 300 people in it, it should not cost the same as a class with 30 if they want fairness. You should get what you pay for.

  3. Tuition should not be based on starting salaries of graduates. Some engineers decide to go into the peace corps or not pursue engineering at all after graduation. Some Humanities majors may be handed their parents billion dollar companies. Who’s to say that it all doesn’t even out in the end. How about basing tuition prices on what it cost to run the program. If overhead/student is more expensive for an engineering school than it is for a humanities school, then the humanities student should not have to subsidize that. All that being said, with tuition costs as high as they are and are predicted to get in the future, I am not sure how much I will push on my children to attend college. If they have to work 20 years to pay off their debts then why not learn a trade and skip college all together? Being an engineer, I am sure that this will be a math problem that I run through 14 years from now when my first one is getting out of high school!

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