University Bets on Bitcoin as Nationwide Enrollment Dips

by Peter Cordi


San Diego State University is now accepting donations in the form of Cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin and Ethereum.

An anonymous donor has sent the school approximately $25,000 worth of Bitcoin, according to the SDSU NewsCenter.

“The SDSU auxiliary will keep almost all of the contribution in the form of Bitcoin instead of immediately converting it all to cash as many other universities have done,” the outlet reported.

“If the value of bitcoin goes up, then this endowment could last forever,” David Fuhriman, the Chief Financial Officer of the school’s Campanile Foundation, told NewsCenter. “We believe over the long run that this could be a really good benefit to SDSU.”

This decision comes at a time when revenue from undergraduate enrollment is down significantly across the country. The National Student Clearinghouse reports that undergraduate enrollment is down 3.1% over the last year.

In 2020, the Covid-19 pandemic’s impact on higher education led the federal government to allocate almost $14 billion for university relief, including $29.4 million to San Diego State University alone.

COVID-19 cost American higher education institutions approximately $183 billion in part due to enrollment decreases and tuition freezes, The Chronicle reported last year.

Both private and public universities raised tuition by over 2% from the 2020-2021 academic year to the current year, according to US News.

In-state tuition at San Diego State University is currently $8,136 and out-of-state tuition is $20,016.

Campus Reform reported this month that William Patterson University has decided to lay off 100 full-time faculty over a three-year period, including tenured professors, with decreased enrollment considered a leading cause.

In 2014, King’s College, located in New York City, was the first accredited university to accept Bitcoin payments. The University of California, Berkeley, and the University of Pennsylvania (UPenn) shortly followed suit.

UPenn decided to use the popular crypto exchange called Coinbase for their transactions, while San Diego State University is using Kraken, a California-based exchange and bank.

Campus Reform has reached out to David Fuhriman and San Diego State University for comment. This article will be updated accordingly.

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Peter Cordi is a reporter for Campus Reform. He is a graduate of Rutgers University. He began in print journalism for a South Jersey newspaper called the Anointed News Journal, also hosting a live radio show for them called Anointed Live. He contributed to Campus Reform as a correspondent before becoming a reporter, and throughout his career he has interviewed a number of athletes, politicians, activists, and financial innovators.
Photo “Bitcoin” by Jernej Furman. CC BY 2.0. Background Photo “San Diego State University” by Geographer. CC BY 1.0.




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