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Tuition increase is sensible, but to what extent?

Tuition increase is sensible, but to what extent?

Kyle King November 27, 2021

On Nov. 11, Chief Financial Officer and Vice President of Administration Kirk Anderson released an email to students informing them that the comprehensive fee to attend the college for 2022-2023 will increase...

Graphic by Kevin Donovan

Companies like Chipotle and McDonalds are scamming working students

Kiera Kunstman October 31, 2019

Tuition reimbursement is a well thought out scam provided by companies like Chipotle and McDonalds. Even with Starbucks’ reputable tuition reimbursement program, the company plays a significant role...

Tuition prices at Augie promote classist ideals

Paige Sheppard October 10, 2019

Augustana’s current tuition fee (including housing and meal plan) sits at a staggering $54,500 a year according to Augie’s website, not to mention the annual tuition increase as well as other academic...

College scandal: bribery is used as a scapegoat

College scandal: bribery is used as a scapegoat

Elizabeth Oswalt March 29, 2019

Lori Loughlin and Felicity Huffman, along with 48 other people have been arrested for being a part of a college scandal which allowed their children spots in elite colleges. Loughlin, an actress known...

Blue, Gold, and extremely expensive

Alex McLean April 26, 2018

This year, Augustana College has begun a “re-beautification” process of the campus and the slough. According to an email sent by Keri Rursch on April 17th, titled "Blue, Gold, and Beautiful," the administration...

Is the Slough worth the price?

December 7, 2017

On November 22nd, 2017, a schoolwide email was sent regarding work being done on Augustana’s Slough. The email regarded this work as an effort to “help preserve the structure of the slough for future...

College remains "uncertain" about MAP despite passed budget

July 7, 2016

Following the approval of a stopgap budget from the state of Illinois on July 1st, Augustana has now been promised the money needed to pick up the cost of the Monetary Award Program (MAP) Grants awarded...

Printing costs not as Augie advertised

May 1, 2015

As of April 28, my printing budget was at $4.26, which means I have printed out 3,122 pages so far this year alone. While this may seem like it would be enough, during the first five weeks of winter term...

Illustration by Ryan Silvola.

Admissions numbers drop slightly

April 24, 2015

The Office of Admissions has noticed new trends in the way people are going about their college search process: students are looking at more colleges than normal and waiting until the last minute to...

Tuition costs increase

January 28, 2015

Tuition costs rose $1,541 on Jan. 27. The increase brings tuition for the 2015-16 academic school year to a total of $48,212, which is approximately $514 more per term. Administrators were not available...

Board of Trustees approves plans for Westerlin renovations

October 21, 2014

Augustana’s Board of Trustees approved architectural plans for Westerlin Residence Hall earlier this month, which include air conditioning in dorm rooms among other renovations for the building. The...

President Steven Bahls spoke to staff and students last week on the decline of liberal arts colleges and the logistics concerning the first-year class. $50 million in financial aid was granted this year.
Photo by Andrew Skalak.

President addresses state of the college

September 3, 2014

During a State of the College address last week, President Steven Bahls discussed the decline of liberal arts colleges in America and his plan to keep Augustana from struggling. Bahls said he expects...

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