A12 SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 29. 1996 NATION THE SAUNA JOURNAL T EDUCATION High degrees Cost of college squeezing students and parents By The Associated Press WASHINGTON — A steep upward spiral in college costs has slowed, but increases in tuition will outpace inflation again this year and students are borrowing more to get degrees. "There have been times I've had two and three jobs at one time and still went to school," said Debbie Coleman, 24, a senior at Washington's private Trinity College. "I borrowed $1,000 this semester, but I have $25,000 in loans already." Coleman, expecting her first child, said her husband wonders how they'll pay off the loans. "Yeah, it's a lot of money, but it's important," she said. A study released Wednesday by the College Board found that four- year public colleges and universities boosted undergraduate tuition this year an average 6 percent. Increases in the double digits occurred annually between 1991 and 1993. At four-year private schools, students are paying about 5 percent more in tuition and fees this year, compared with a year ago, the survey said. That's the smallest increase in a decade but remains higher than inflation, hovering at 3 percent. Room and board also went up an average of 6 percent to $4,152 at four-year public colleges and 4 percent to $5,361 at private schools. The College Board, an associa- T CRIME The cost of college' College costs continue to rise, but the percentage Increase has slowed in recent years. Average percentage change In tuition and fees at collegea Public four-year Private four-year 0 1987-'88 1996-'97 AP/Wm. J. Castello tion of 2,800 colleges, found that instate tuition and fees, not counting room and board, now average $2,811 at public four-year colleges and $12,823 at private schools. The average annual cost at two-year schools was about half that amount. The College Board's annual re-, port said $50.3 billion in aid was available in 1995-96 from federal, state and school sources — up 4 percent from 1994-95 and 75 percent higher than a decade ago. Most of the increase was in the form of loans, not in grants. Student and parent loan volume rose 65 percent since the 1992-93 school year and, adjusted for inflation, was 8 percent higher than in 1994-95. Alice Greene of Lake Oswego, Ore., who soon will have two children in college, said she and her lawyer husband have thought about selling one of their two cars or moving to a smaller home to pay the children's tuition. Greene's daughter attends Randolph-Macon Woman's College in Lynchburg, Va. Next year her son plans to go to Bowdoin College, a private liberal arts school in Brunswick,- Maine. "Between the two of them, we're talking $50,000 a year, and that's not counting transportation and phone bills," said Greene. Despite such horror stories, John P. Joyce, an associate director at the College Board's scholarship service, said higher education remains affordable. "If the family focuses just on the high-priced institutions, it can be downright scary, but a majority of undergraduates are paying less than $4,000 a year" in tuition and fees, Joyce said. Man gets 40 years for swiping toilet paper By The Associated Press MIAMI — Heeding a prosecutor's demand to protect "hard-working people" from repeated thefts, a judge sentenced a career criminal to 40 years in prison for stealing toilet paper — almost two years per roll. Henry Stepney, a 42-year-old homeless man with 51 prior arrests, took 22 rolls of toilet paper — worth less than a dollar a roll — from a waste management yard. O! RISE & WALK ... The Dennis Byrd Story DENNIS BYRD, defensive lineman for the New York Jets, was happy-go-lucky and full of pranks, but at the same time deep- thinking and devout with an abiding faith in God. His faith was tested when in a game he collided with a teammate and his neck was shattered. After 7 hours of surgery, he was told he may never walk again. But they underestimated Dennis Byrd and his God! His story will inspire you! See the fflmt&ISE & WALK: SEPT. 29,1996,6 PM FIRST CHURCH OF THE NAZARENE 1425 South Ohio - Salina, KS Fleiss arrested for alleged drug use By The Associated Press ILOS ANGELES — Days before he,r sentencing for laundering profits of her alleged sex-for-hire operation, "Hollywood Madam" Heidi Fleiss went to jail for using dijugs, authorities said. jit was the second tune in two years Fleiss was arrested for violating terms of her release by allegedly using drugs. ;Fleiss is to be sentenced Mon- day for her conviction last year on charges of laundering money from her alleged sex-for-hire operation and cheating on her income taxes. She faces seven years or more. As part of the deal that kept her out of jail while awaiting sentence, Fleiss submitted to drug tests, said deputy U.S. Marshal Chris Daniels. She failed a recent test, Daniels said, although he did not know what kind of drugs were allegedly used. He and other deputies arrested Fleiss at her lingerie boutique at about 11 p.m. Friday, Daniels said. She was in custody today in downtown Los Angeles. Fleiss was convicted in 1994 of three counts of pandering in a prostitution ring and sentenced to three years in prison. 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