NYU wants employees to help pay its students’ ridiculous tuition

Trigger warning: If you have student loans this article is likely to make you very, very angry.

College costs have gone from ridiculous to Dada and as a result fundraisers at our nation’s institutions of higher learning have started to get creative. Case in point: This week, NYU apparently thought it wise to email their staff asking their own employees to help chip in to feed the all-devouring, bankruptcy-spawning beast that is their students’ cost of attendance. It’s a pitch that’s especially galling considering that a year of NYU undergraduate education is expected to cost a jaw-popping $71,000 in tuition and other expenses by next year. Gothamist has all the dirt, including the sorts of things that king’s ransom gets spent on. (Hint: Beach houses!)

Here’s the fundraising email in full, courtesy of an unimpressed tipster in the admissions office.

Dear Colleagues,

Every day you show your dedication to our students. Today, I invite you to join me in giving those students an additional support. I invite you to make a gift for scholarships.

Our community is enriched each year by deserving students who would not be here without scholarship support. The senior class comes together to leave a legacy of scholarships through the 1831 Fund. Last year the faculty and staff matched their gifts. This year our goal is to provide 80 brilliant young minds with the chance for an NYU education – a dynamic urban experience that you make possible with your daily efforts.

You can make your gift to the 1831 Fund, a scholarship fund at any school, study away scholarships, or the general scholarship fund. Your voluntary participation is most appreciated.

Tomorrow you will see students raising gifts at tables across campus. Please join them and make your gift today.

Thank you for all that you do for NYU this day and every day.

Warm wishes,

Erin Dodd

Executive Director, Annual Fund

A “fundraising” effort like this isn’t just insulting to all parties, it’s basically an admission that costs have gotten absurd while omitting any hint of responsibility for this desperate state of affairs. You know NYU,  instead of encouraging the workers you pay to pass that money on to the students to help with their prohibitive costs you could….simply lower those costs.  Reduce some institutional waste, like enormous golden parachutes for departing administrators, and rein in some overly ambitious projects and you could offer more scholarships and make attendance more affordable across the board. Also did this email go out to lunch ladies and custodians as well or only to overpaid administrators? And will a contribution get me a free meal ticket at NYU’s sweet quasi-slave-labor-built satellite campus in Abu Dhabi?

So many questions.

[h/t Jezebel]