UCSD students to sit-in and rally over tuition hike

SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – In a show of dissent, students at UCSD are getting ready to tell the Board of Regents what they think about a plan to raise their tuition.

Some students on the La Jolla campus were handing out flyers, pushing a campus sit-in and rally at noon on Tuesday.

It is part of a system wide “day of action”, coming just one day before the Board of Regents vote on a plan to hike tuition.

UC President Janet Napolitano says her five year plan would raise tuition costs by as much as five percent in each of the next five years.

That could add up to about 27% in total.

Students who are taking part in the sit-in say they are already struggling with the soaring cost of a UC education.

Under the plan, tuition could rise from $12,000 to more than $15,000 by the 2019-2020 school year.

UC President Napolitano says the tuition increase will allow 5,000 more California students to enroll, and provide more classes and student services.

But students who are challenging the plan say, the job of balancing the budget should not be thrown on them.

55% of the UC undergraduate students receive full financial aid for tuition and fees, but a hike in tuition means most of those students will also have to take out more loans.

That means building a mountain of more debt.

Some of the allies for these students may be the state’s most powerful political leaders.

Governor Jerry Brown says he is against the hikes. He promised a four percent state funding to UC schools, but only on one condition, that tuition costs stay the same.

Students say that’s a promise that should not be broken.

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