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Sat, 4 Mar 1995 08:03:30 CST
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Sure. It's the way the aid is given from a large centralized Washington
bureaucracy that is the problem. Washington subsidizes more bureaucracy,
encourages fee increases because then more aid flows to the universities
through student loans, etc. Since somebody else pays, parents and students
get more "counselors" "facilitators" "centers" etc. and less basic
instruction. It's the third-party payer syndrome, magnified because of the
distance between the recipient and the federal government. Locally raised
taxes, such as state taxes, have a tighter set of strings attached. Which is
why the education bureaucrats prefer federal aid.
This affects film and television education as well, since at UCLA many
production MFA candidates failed to graduate because they had run up huge
debts and would have had to begin repayment on graduation. Current student
loan program also encourgaes turning students into deadbeats for same
As I pointed out in an email in this regard, UCLA, for example had Kenneth
Magowan of Twentieth Century Fox on the faculty from 1948 to teach radio,
film and television. They also had Von Sternberg. No student loan program.
Tuition was free.
Larry Jarvik