Arlo and Janis by Jimmy Johnson for March 16, 2022

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    Darsan54 Premium Member about 2 years ago

    Oh lord. Gawd, I could wish that was all I had to pay for my kids.

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    Da'Dad  about 2 years ago

    Sounds about right for a quarter’s tuition then, but figure half again for the dorm. Authoring required textbooks had become another income stream for some professors.

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    Jesy Bertz Premium Member about 2 years ago

    Yep, that’s about right. I saved my parents money in the early 70s by commuting to a good California state university.

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    David Huie Green LosersBlameOthers&It'sYOURfault  about 2 years ago

    $358 per quarter at Auburn in 1975 as best I recall.

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    Bullet Bronson Premium Member about 2 years ago

    Wow, talk about inflation!

    Wait, that IS what we’re talking about now.

    Never mind. (Emily Litella)

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    DW Premium Member about 2 years ago

    Sadly, that tuition she complains about is easily the price of a required college book now.

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    KennethPrice2  about 2 years ago

    She might want to consider nude modeling for extra cash.

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    Teresa Murphy Premium Member about 2 years ago

    In the mid 80s at the University of Central Arkansas it was $450 a semester for 15 hours or more. Dorm was around 1000 a semester. Books around 200.

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    colddonkey  about 2 years ago

    College tuition back in 1970 likely was less than I earn in a week now. Sadly I couldn’t afford the rates then.

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    TCA1799 Premium Member about 2 years ago

    Those were the days when 1) State Legislators thought it was a good idea to support their state universities, and 2) the GI Bill actually paid your tuition bill with money left over for room & board along with books and supplies (or, alternatively, federal legislators actually funded programs for Veterans).

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    jbmlaw01  about 2 years ago

    The total cost of tuition at Vanderbilt was fantastically expensive, $11,000 for the four years combined. During that period of inflation it increased every year. That’s how old I am, and how long ago were the 1970s, and what our grandchildren now face.

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    annefackler61  about 2 years ago

    So is Arlo supposed to offer to pay it to get a date ????

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    CarolinaGirl  about 2 years ago

    I just paid the tuition for my son’s final semester in Jan. Oh how I wish it was $400!!

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    jarvisloop  about 2 years ago

    Want to see what the figures in today’s strip would be today? Use this “CPI Inflation Calculator” from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics:

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    knittyditty  about 2 years ago

    Are we going to find out what her actual major was? Or what she did to “make a living?

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    Aladar30 Premium Member about 2 years ago

    Poor Janis.

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    david_42  about 2 years ago

    Guess it depends. My tuition in 1970 was $1800/term. I bought a new car in 1972 for $2100.

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    ATGMer  about 2 years ago

    Students working on campus = indentured servitude = work-release program.

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    Tyge Premium Member about 2 years ago

    See! You two already have something in common. A nice start to a beautiful relationship.

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    whb9919 Premium Member about 2 years ago

    I earned a full tuition scholarship for my first year at Big State U. $125/qtr! By the time I got there in Fall of ’69, it was $175 and I was pissed!

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    Da'Dad  about 2 years ago

    With a family we had our FAFSA score was pretty generous. I didn’t really have much to do with it but my wife could pull together impressive scholarship and financial aid packages, and our kids did also work hard. One daughter figured out in her first week how to get her degree in three years. Graduated a week before her sister. Stole some of her thunder.

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    dv1093  about 2 years ago

    When I got to the end of my degree, I found myself open for two electives. I chose Archery and Tennis.

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    Tyge Premium Member about 2 years ago

    Maybe Arlo will clue Janis into the life modeling program. That’s often where they draw life models from; the students.

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    annefackler61  about 2 years ago

    Glad I chose pets over having children. When I go to the vets whatever they charge I always say cheaper than college tuition.

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    paul.stumme  about 2 years ago

    Fall ’67 tuition at U. of Northern Iowa, $125.00, I still have the bill.

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    j_e_richards  about 2 years ago

    $1700 per year in 1970

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    JJ creator about 2 years ago

    Auburn University was on a quarter system when I attended in the 70s. When I started, I think tuition was about $140 per quarter. When I drew this comic strip, I did a little research and came up with a reasonable sum for a semester in a state university, since most schools had semesters. (Auburn does now.) I did, by the way, augment my income by working in the art department of Johnston & Malone Bookstore.

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    mchittom  about 2 years ago

    Ole Miss was $350/semester in the 75-78 Time Period.

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    squireobrien  about 2 years ago

    $400 in 1975 money is about $2200 or so in modern money, for comparison.

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    rdannoojin  about 2 years ago

    Hey Jimmy, Love A&J! I was at Auburn in 1976. I worked at Herbert Music store. Do you remember it? Auburn was great in the 70’s. Good times.

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    ursaline  about 2 years ago

    1954-58 My tuition, room and board never went above $ 699 per year. which was roughly 20% of that of my daughter in 1987-1991. This was at state schools. To put it in perspective, my first teaching job in ’59 paid $ 3400 a YEAR.

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    rob_sawyer44  about 2 years ago

    So it is 1975, Janis is a freshman so probably 18? That makes them in their mid 60s now.

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    sjsczurek  about 2 years ago

    When I started my first semester in 1973 (Central Connecticut State), tuition was $300 a year (for an in-state student). I didn’t live in a dorm, I commuted, but as I remember, room and board fees were something comparable to tuition. Full-time status came with 12 or more credits per semester, most students pulled 15 credits. My first semester book bill came to about $45 total. Today, tuition (in-state) is $5,731 per term (semester). I don’t know about the rest. Lord, what has happened?

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    SteveR405  about 2 years ago

    From 1970 until 1974, I paid $370 per semester (two semesters per year) at UMass/Boston. I could actually save that amount during the summers to pay for college tuition. Nowadays, that would not be possible and I probably wouldn’t be able to graduate university,

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    danrobbins1  about 2 years ago

    I started college in 1976 at a junior college in Texas. Tuition was $4 a semester hour or roughly $60 a semester for a full load. I’m a professor today and my students are shocked when they hear the difference from what they are paying. Thanks JJ for this flashback!

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    amaryllis2 Premium Member about 2 years ago

    1977, tuition was I think $300 a semester. All four years there I was able to pay it with summer jobs. As a parent I have voted for every politician who promised to fund education to the degree that it was funded for my generation, especially the ones that called out the state universities for padding administrative costs at the expense of actual teaching.

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    jBrad  about 2 years ago

    I start at Auburn in the fall of 1961. The tuition was $60/quarter. When my daughter started in the late 80’s the $60 was a dream (plus out of state tuition!) but it was worth it. Best days of our lives.

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    bobw2012  about 2 years ago

    Oh Janis, see what the supply expenses are for somebody studying piano, the piano is free. The sheet music gets you.

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    runar  about 2 years ago

    From 1974 through 1978, my tuition at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee was $256.00 per full-time semester (12 or more credits). That was exactly double my high school tuition, which had been $256.00 yearly. I didn’t hit $400.00 until I started grad school.

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    bob.mccarty  about 2 years ago

    Jimmy, first off….War Eagle! Auburn was still on the quarter system when I graduated in ’82. In-state was $200/qtr when I started and about $400 at the end. Bought all my books at J&M. Did you see that Anders just closed?

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    DanRayHar  about 2 years ago

    I went to Auburn starting in ’72 and remember spending hundreds of dollars in Johnston & Malone Bookstore for materials for my Industrial Design classes. This strip brings back so many memories. And, yes, you are correct about the tuition being about $140 per quarter.

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