Students Rally Against Proposed Tuition Increase

Ellen Lockyer, KSKA – Anchorage

University of Alaska students rallied today at the Anchorage campus against proposed college tuition hikes. UA Regents vote tomorrow on a 23 percent tuition increase.

Peter Finn represents the Coalition of Student Leaders. He’s traveling to Juneau to take the protest message to the regents.

Amie Stanley, a political science major at UAA, organized the demonstration in front of the Student Union on Wednesday afternoon. Stanley says the general student body only learned by email, on Tuesday, about the full amount of the tuition increase.

The tuition increase proposal would be effective in 2012 and would cost students more than $3,000 in additional tuition by the 2012 and 2013 academic year. The Coalition of Student Leaders and student governments of UAF, UAA and UAS have offered a counterproposal asking the Board of Regents to consider a 7 percent increase in 2013 in line with past increases and leave 2012 unchanged.

The Board of Regents begin meetings in Juneau Thursday to vote on the tuition increase proposal.

Photo by Lori Townsend, APRN – Anchorage

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