By Stephen Tsai
By most accounts, Brenden Urban is a good person, good student (pre-law studies) and good teammate.
By trade. Urban is a center. If he were asked to move to guard, he would — willingly and enthusiastically — sometimes with only minutes notice.
There was a numbers crunch last year, necessitating Urban's re-assignment to the scout team. He didn't grumble. Instead, he worked hard, and later was added to the 64-player travel squad.
But Urban, a Colorado resident who was at UH for two years after one season at Adams State, did not project to earn a football scholarship this coming semester. With yet another 7-percent hike in tuition, as well as the increasing cost of being a UH student, it appears Urban might not be able to afford to return to the Warriors this year.
That's a shame — for Urban and many students and families struggling to meet the cost of a college education.
For a non-resident, the tuition bill is $14,760 per semester. For WUE qualifiers, the discounted bill is $7,380 per semester.
According to the UH Web site, there are these additional per-semester fees:
• Board of Publications — $13
• Student Health — $88
• Campus Center Board — $15
• Campus Center Operations & Recreation — $175
• Student athletics — $50
• Student activity and program — $11
• Broadcast Communication Authority — $3
• UPASS Transportation — $30
• Associated Students of UH — $5
Also, according to UH, housing runs between $4,159 (for triple occupancy) to $10,550 per semester.
Then there are textbooks, lab fees, food, deodorant, toothpaste … well, you get the idea.