Photo by Sonja Brandt
By Editorial Staff
Surprisingly, Concordia is actually one of the less expensive schools among the Concordia college system and also among our peer Great Plains Athletic Conference (GPAC) schools. Also, Concordia’s tuition has increased at a steady rate, meaning it hasn’t increased any more than it did last year. But we understand, it still increased, which can be frustrating when you are a broke college student. The increasing balance of student loans is not what you want to see when you look at your bank account.
Concordia is constantly seeking to make positive changes in order to go higher. One such change is the Dunklau Center for Science, Math and Business. Others include maintaining and upgrading dormitories and classrooms. Some of these changes do not seem like things we personally should have to pay for, but they benefit all of us in the long run.
Laundry is one of the new changes. The new laundry machines can be paid with quarters or through the PayRange app. To use the app, upload a credit card’s information one time, and then find the number that corresponds to the machine your clothes are in. Once your Bluetooth recognizes it, you can swipe to pay. After some practice you will find out that it is pretty easy to use. This is benefical and convenient to students who find themselves low on quarters.
Before these new machines and costs, laundry cost $1 per load. It is now $1.25. However, the machines are much bigger than the old ones; the amount of clothes that used to be divided into three loads can now fit into two. To do the math, $1 x 3 = $3 > $1.25 x 2 = $2.50. If you are strategic about how often you do laundry, you can actually save money.
The downside is that there are fewer machines than last year, but as previously stated, you will not have to split up your loads as much, which will help decrease the cost and also wait time for a machine.
Overall, yes we had another tuition increase, and the machines are more expensive than last year, but Concordia is doing her best to help ease the stress that is placed on college students.