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ICYMI: Rutgers One calls on Board of Governors to roll back tuition

Spring 2016 Semester Recap

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April 2016 | Students called for a 2.5 percent rollback on student tuition last month at the Board of Governors’ open budget hearing.

For the University's 250th anniversary, students called for a tuition rollback in response to the steadily increasing price of a Rutgers degree. 

So far, meetings with the Board of Governors have only reached stalemates.

Rutgers One, a student organization that includes several activist groups like Black Lives Matter, had at least 25 members stand in solidarity at the April 21 hearing at the College Avenue Student Center.

School of Arts and Sciences sophomore Mariah Wood told the Board of Governors that they “have reduced (her) to a number” and urged them to amend the budget for a 2.5-percent rollback.

The Rutgers University Student Assembly also advocated for decreasing tuition prices. During the RUSA elections, the Scarlet Knights for You campaign made a primary focus of their platform dedicated to decreasing the price of college.

School of Arts and Sciences sophomore Nivedh Rajesh said his team would meet more frequently with state and federal legislators.

A significant portion of the candidates on the campaign were elected to positions on RUSA.

“A college education is here to propel students forward, not set students back … because they can’t afford it,” said Vladimir Carrasco, a School of Arts and Sciences first-year student.

This article is part of our Spring 2016 Perspectives edition. Find the full issue here.

Bushra Hasan is a School of Arts and Sciences first-year student majoring in cell biology and neuroscience. She is a staff writer for The Daily Targum. Follow her on Twitter @Hasanabanana for more.

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