XIV
Student Life
In the postwar life of Wake Forest College, there was one thing
students could expect almost every year: the cost of quality education
was going to rise. As noted in Chapter V, semester charges from 1930
through 1944-45 held steady at $82.50-$50 in tuition and $32.50 for
general fees (including admission to athletic events and other
activities and the cost of the student newspaper, yearbook, and
magazine). For 1945 general fees were raised $2.50 per semester;
then the rigors of inflation set it, and it was impossible to hold the
line.
Beginning in 1946 semester charges were increased to $110, a rate
maintained for three years, but in 1949 the trustees approved a $150
level. Dr. Kitchin, who had tried valiantly to hold down costs, said the
new increase was "absolutely necessary." He explained that while the
Army Finance School had been on the campus, Wake Forest had
accumulated a reserve of $200,000, but by 1948 that had vanished,
and the school was operating in the red. "In fact," Kitchin said, "such
schools as Elon, Guilford, and others charge more than we do now.
Many schools have taken advantage of the GI Bill as a means of
subsidy by raising tuition to the maximum allowed under that law.
This we have refused to do. It would not be right." He added that
"Wake Forest does not and will not charge out-of-state tuition." 1
Some of the strain on the budget no doubt resulted from a hu-
manitarian gesture made by the trustees in 1948 for the benefit of
veterans. Under that ruling tuition was free for married students'
wives admitted as students. Wake Forest was one of the few schools
in the nation to adopt that policy.
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