Hillary Clinton will be getting $225,000 to speak at a university fundraiser later this year. Students at the same school, the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, have recently been outraged that the institution is raising tuition by a staggering 17 percent.
The Las Vegas Review-Journal has the details on the speaking gig. "Hillary Clinton will be paid $225,000 to address an Oct. 13 fundraiser for the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, a reminder of how much cash the potential Democratic presidential candidate is scooping up on the speaking circuit as she draws GOP criticism for saying she’s 'not truly well off,'" the paper reports.
"The Oct. 13 UNLV Foundation dinner at the Bellagio is a pricey affair.
"The dinner is $200 per seat, but donors also can buy full tables for 10 at various contribution levels, including for $20,000, $10,000, $5,000 and $3,000. The top contribution of $20,000 gets an invitation to a chef’s reception and four photo sessions with Clinton and autographed copies of her book."
And the Las Vegas Sun has reported on the outrage over the tuition hike:
[S]tudents argued that UNLV’s annual tuition has nearly tripled in the past decade, from $2,370 in 2002 to $5,745 in 2012. Today’s decision marks the 12th tuition increase since 2002. ...
At UNLV, tuition increases have outpaced the rate of inflation, causing more students to graduate in debt. In Nevada, the average college student graduates with nearly $20,000 in loans, which is about $6,000 lower than the national average. Last year, the nation’s student loan debt surpassed $1 trillion — more than the nation’s credit card debt.
Benjelloun, a UNLV senior majoring in pre-medicine, worked at his family’s restaurant and held on-campus research jobs to help pay for college. With rising tuition costs, Benjelloun said he fears his five younger siblings will find a college education more difficult to afford.
“I have five younger siblings who want to go to college,” he said. “I’m worried this (tuition increase) will make it harder for them.”
Daniel Halper is online editor at The Weekly Standard and author of Clinton, Inc.: The Audacious Rebuilding of a Political Machine (forthcoming).