How Much Will Skipping Class Cost You?
Last year, tuition at U.S. public universities rose 4.8 percent, a 12-year low, to average $8,655. Despite this recent low, however, tuition is still rising at double the rate of inflation.
With such an amount going toward just tuition each semester, skipping a single class becomes considerably wasteful. And thanks to University of Massachusetts professor Julie Brigham-Grette, discovering the cost of a class comes down to a simple calculation.
According to Brigham-Grette, adding up tuition costs and dividing the sum by the amount of credit hours enrolled per week will give each class a value. Of course, this sort of calculation is simply an educated guess, not taking other costs into account.
“It’s a ‘back-of-the-envelope’ type of thing that places all of the costs of the University into a price per class,” Brigham-Grette explained to University of Massachusetts student newspaper, The Daily Collegian. It doesn’t “place any value on non-class experiences or what it costs to keep lights on and the buildings warm.”
At the University of Massachusetts, a student not receiving financial aid with the minimum in-state tuition of $13,230 and 16 credit hours would see a class hour cost between $50 to $70.
Statistics-obsessed students Nathan Falk and Katya Abazajian of Claremont McKenna College took the calculations even further for their student newspaper, The Forum.
Using Claremont McKenna’s advertised tuition cost of $21,920 per semester, skipping a single class session costs between $130 for a Monday-Wednesday-Friday class to $391 for a once-a-week class. The cost per minute of class comes to $2.61.
Reminding us that tuition cost isn’t based upon attendance, Falk and Abazajian advise their fellow students to simply go to class. Which is something HackCollege’s Lev Novak may need to learn.