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April 05, 2006

Re "A 'free' Harvard? Now that's rich," Current, April 2

Catharine Hill and Gordon Winston argue that it would be ridiculous to allow all students to attend Harvard for free because it would simply be a giveaway to the rich.

When our daughter attended Stanford from 1997 to 1999, our primary mode of paying for her attendance came from loans -- student loans and parent loans, which we and our daughter are still paying with some difficulty despite the fact that our daughter decided to leave Stanford, partly because of the cost of attending.

For us and many middle-class people squeezed by hyperinflation in higher education, relief would be quite helpful. It's not always just about rich and poor, as most of the college administrators seem to think.

TOM MCGEE

Oxnard

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