Rutgers University Students Pay Extra to Learn from Snooki And now a story from the "things that really shouldn't need to be said" file: No college should require students to take out loans in order to give money to Snooki, the breakout star of MTV's Jersey Shore.

And yet that is exactly what Rutgers University in New Jersey has done. According to U.S. News & World Report, 52% of Rutgers grads leave with an average of $19,760 in student loans.

But as the Huffington Post reports, "The Rutgers University Programming Association paid Nicole "Snooki" Polizzi of the reality TV show 'Jersey Shore' $32,000 Thursday to dish on her hairstyle, fist pumps, as well as the GTL – gym, tanning, laundry – lifestyle ... Money for Polizzi's appearance came from the mandatory student activity fee."

Now, there's nothing inherently wrong about students wanting to spend borrowed money to hear Snooki speak. Moronic, yes. But not wrong.

But for a public university to require all students to borrow money to cover mandatory fees, and then use that fund to pay for Snooki to speak, is wrong.

With college costs spiraling out of control and student loan default rates soaring, colleges need to be looking at every possible way of cutting their costs -- starting with those that contribute the least to their fundamental mission of educating students.

Not spending $32,000 on Snooki would be a good place to start.

Zac Bissonnette's Debt-Free U: How I Paid For An Outstanding College Education Without Loans, Scholarships, Or Mooching Off My Parents was called the "best and most troubling book ever about the college admissions process" by The Washington Post.

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Its one thing to use money that the school has, its crazy to use money that students have to pay back WITH INTEREST. If i were a student at Rutgers University I'd be outraged. I have debt myself, managing money is important, that's why i use Smartey's.

April 24 2012 at 5:32 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

What do you expect from an organization that survives off OTHER PEOPLE'S MONEY

July 08 2011 at 8:41 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I'm embarrassed to say I graduated from Rutgers!!!

April 06 2011 at 11:23 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Snooki needs to return the money back to the Rutgers students ASAP...!!!

Greed is a terrible thing, what is wrong, doesn't the network pay her enough for her talents...???

April 04 2011 at 6:23 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
beautiful alana

give me a break colleges pay celebrities and ppl of the moment large sums of money all the time to speak at or to perform at their school big deal!

April 04 2011 at 3:03 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Reality shows, America has to show something on TV, and now is reality show, as for this lady Snooky, come on America. she has no talent. as for the school goes, shame on them, by using the school money to pay for this. the students should suit the school for wrongfully using their funds. it's like throwing money in the trash.

April 04 2011 at 11:25 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Our taxes pay for these Pell grants and low-interest student loans. Therefore, we the people have a right to determine what our money pays for. I think that citizens should have more of a say in the coursework that students are allowed to take on government grants and loans.

April 04 2011 at 10:10 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
jr hawkins

she wouldnt even make a maddam

April 04 2011 at 9:48 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
jr hawkins

is this the best itialins have got if this is we dont really have to worry about the mob no more and i really thought these guys where at least some of the smartest people in crime

April 04 2011 at 9:46 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
jr hawkins

i would be ashamed to be in the public spot lite for such a wasteful interprize its hard enough for kids to get school loans i know my son has applied to most to be taking money from those kids for some one who only got lucky to have some show that wasnt really about her anyway let them use her as a role model i would really like to know how many people filming and representing this crime of public time tell their own kids this is the way i want you to act in your life man what a role model are you all crazyand you call the south hicks please what descibes these over paid under achiever teens i really would like to see theyer sat scores why not have a show about that i bet half of these guys cant do math or ant thing thats got to take some real brain power

April 04 2011 at 9:42 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply