UCSD students protest 5% tuition hike proposal

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LA JOLLA, Calif. --  Hundreds of UC San Diego students protested Tuesday at the La Jolla campus to protest a tuition hike proposal -- an action being mirrored at other University of California campuses.

The local so-called “Day of Action Against the UC Tuition Plan'' event started at 11:30 a.m. in front of UCSD's Geisel Library and participants dressed in black.

On Wednesday, the UC Board of Regents is scheduled to consider a proposal that would raise annual tuition 5 percent over the next five years, which would make it more than $15,000 by 2019. UC officials have said that the hike is necessary to help offset higher pension and salary costs, as well as to help recruit more in-state students.

"This means I’m going to go into more debt, this means my little sister who comes after me is going to go into even more debt," said Graciela Uriarte, one of several students who organized the mass protest.

"It will definitely affect the first years the most, because it will go up every single year and that adds up," said Jacob Gagrin, first year student."

Adding on campus housing, meals, transportation and other miscellaneous costs, a total cost of education averages out to about $33,000 a year.  By the time a student graduates, they will have paid about $133,000 for 4 years at a UC institution.  This is compared to $119,000 currently.

"It's hard for us to like get financial aid and if the tuition hikes go up it will make it even worse," said Gagrin.   "We we work hard to get into this university and then if tuition increases, it will make it harder to stay in the university."

"It's absolutely horrible that they're actually trying to increase our tuition out of nowhere .  They  promised 5 years at least," said Anali Valdez, second year student.  "From 2005 to 2020, tuition is going to have risen by 287 percent.  That's insane."

Valdez said she's not only worried about herself, but also future generations.
"What about all your siblings?   Your cousins that are going to come here?" said Anali, adding it's not only about education, but also dreams.
"[Regents] is hurting my dreams.  I don't know even how I'm going to follow my education, school or continue to come here if tuition increases," said Valdez.  "So many students are going to be pushed out of the university.  Not dropping out, pushed out.​"

Gov. Jerry Brown also opposes the proposed hike.

4 comments

  • Me

    This is ridiculous. In the last 50 years tuition increases have more that doubled the rate of salary increases for the average American. People can’t afford college as it is. It’s time these money-grubbing colleges were regulated.

  • Me2

    Rather than raise the tuition, they should audit departments like that of Professor Adah Almutairi and save tens of thousands of dollars a year by making her follow the guidelines. She jets around the world on First Class tickets on UCSD’s dime along with other extravagances that are against the UC system’s bylaws. Heck she even pays her assistant thousands of dollars in fake overtime a year to get around the payroll guidelines.

  • Marcus

    Well… as long as the money is easy to get, they will not care. I am all for unions but public unions are misnomer. There is no one to fight them aside from politicians who are more concerned about their own image and re-elections than the public good. All public unions should be abolished but we also need to strengthen private unions if possible as normal jobs are taking a dump since Reagan and republicans waged an all out war against the middle class and small business with their medieval style economic theories (aka supply side).

    Abolish public unions and the idea of guaranteed government pensions need to be challenged in court as being illegal and all pensions should be stopped immediately and converted to 401k. Unlike business, the government has no risk of failure thus a pension amounts to nothing more than theft from the incumbent workers who then are forced to steal from their juniors to make up the difference. This is fine if it were a business and people want to chance it on the business. But in government, the money does not come from the business, it comes from taxes and I never agreed to guarantee anyone guaranteed future payment with a hefty yearly interest. No one would ever agree to such a thing except for big businesses who want top talent. We never get top talent in government because it is by definition, not a business. Next, open all the jobs to the real market and negotiate the salaries down especially for classes that do not need a very smart teacher (basically anything not science, engineering, math or medical should be near minimum wage and just filled by young workers).

    If we do the above, tuition in public schools will plummet to 50% of its current level if not less.

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