Why Subsidize The Foreign Student?

It is well known that tuition, even the out-of-state charges paid by foreign students at public universities, doesn't begin to pay the actual costs of education ("Foreign students keep coming--and keep spending," Economic Trends, Nov. 4).

At a conservative cost estimate of more than $10,000 a year, any spending windfall is almost totally offset.

My answer? Make foreign students pay cost and don't admit them at all to colleges where American students are suffering from budget cuts, overcrowded classrooms, limited resources, or eradication of programs. Exchange programs are one thing, but how many U. S. students are studying in China?

John A. Hennessy

Portland, Ore.

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