“Utah’s delegation, with the exception of Congressman Jim Matheson, has once again abdicated its responsibility to America’s youth. The generational gap between college graduates and Congress is the greatest it has been in decades and it has become clear now that that gap is seriously affecting the ability of legislative leaders to relate to the needs of perhaps their most important constituency.
“Ideally, public higher education should be a fully-funded investment, not a privilege reserved for what is left of the middle class. But while our leaders claim they are powerless to stop the out-of-control rise of college costs, they are at least in the position to make sure that, despite those rising costs, college remains accessible through low student loan rates. Congress’s shameful failure to act is one more moment that, in its effects, continues to erode confidence in American institutions of governance.”
Just how out of touch are our elected leaders? Here’s a quick look at the cost of education, in 2012 Dollars, when members of Utah’s congressional delegation went to college.
Orrin Hatch, 1959, Bachelor of Science, BYU - No data available
Rob Bishop, 1974, Bachelor of Arts, U of U - $7,972
Jim Matheson, 1982, Bachelor of Arts, Harvard - $16,745
Chris Stewart, 1984, Bachelor of Science, Utah State - $7,510
Jason Chaffetz, 1989, Bachelor of Arts, BYU - $21,048
Mike Lee, 1994, Bachelor of Science, BYU - $24,504
Current 4-year private - $39,518
Current 4-year public - $17,860
*Data is based on data from national, 4-year schools, and on whether the school is private or public. Dollars are in 2012 Dollars. Data includes tuition, fees, room, and board.
Source: The College Board, Annual Survey of Colleges