Don't add $2,000 more to tuition at AZ Universities!
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Don't add $2,000 more to tuition at AZ Universities!

    1. Alex Lae
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      Alex Lae

      Tucson, AZ

What HB2675 will do: Mandate that university students without a national merit scholarship or an athletic scholarship to pay a $2,000 tuition payment out of pocket. This will exempt all scholarships, grants, and forms of financial aid. 

From MSNBC:

"Students at Arizona's three state universities will have to pay -- or borrow -- at least $2,000 a year to get an education under terms of legislation approved by a House panel today.

Rep. John Kavanagh, R-Fountain Hills, said students should have some "skin in the game.'' He said students will take their schooling more seriously and be less likely to drop out if they have made an investment.

"I really believe that when something is given to you, you don't have the appreciation of having put in some work,'' agreed Rep. John Fillmore, R-Apache Junction.

He said $2,000 out of $9,000 annual tuition is not that big a deal. Even with books and fees, Kavanagh said that adds only another $1,500 a year.

Kavanagh said that would leave students with $14,000 debt after four years, "less than the cost of a Chevy Sonic.''

"And I personally believe that degrees from our universities are worth far more than Chevy Sonics,'' he said. Anyway, Kavanagh said that is a small amount, as college grads earn anywhere from $500,000 to $1 million more over their lifetimes than those who do not have a higher education.

The vote came despite objections from students who said there are expenses beyond tuition. Room and board aside, they said they are forced to pay for gasoline, insurance and parking.

"Welcome to life,'' Rep. Michelle Ugenti, R-Scottsdale, told the students.
"I don't understand why that should affect a modest $2,000 for your education,'' Ugenti continued. "We all are thrust into circumstances and unpredictable life experiences.''

As approved by the Appropriations Committee, HB 2675 does have some exceptions.

Student athletes would not have to come up with the $2,000. And scholarships awarded based solely on academic merit or some special ability could be used to cover that amount.

Kavanagh also promised to alter the measure when it goes to the full House to say that the requirement to pay at least $2,000 tuition would not apply to those who cannot live at home and have expenses for housing and meals. But he said those living at home should not get a free ride."

Continue reading here: http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/46487781/ns/local_news-phoenix_az/t/panel-approves-measure-forcing-non-athletes-average-college-students-pay/#.T0bHwvEgdOg

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Don't add $2,000 more to tuition at AZ Universities!

Many of us students are already up to our eyeballs in debt, and an extra two grand would not help matters at all.

Please reconsider HB2675- students want to stay in school!
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Sincerely,

Sincerely,
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      Alex Lae
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      Alex Lae
      Petition Organizer

      Wow! Thank you everybody for your support. If you would like to take any more action, remember, you can contact the legislature. You can write an e-mail or call to voice your concerns. I've posted the link below to the AZ Legislature website.
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      -Alex

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    • Angela Maxwell PHOENIX, AZ
      • over 2 years ago

      The point of public education is FREE education for everyone. Making college available only to rich people is elitist and does nothing but widen the gap between the haves and the have-nots.

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    • Destiny Gonzalez STOCKTON, CA
      • over 2 years ago

      I support all my friends that attend in Arizona, as I used to as well.

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    • Finnen Cerises MESA, AZ
      • over 2 years ago

      Because that idea is terrible and the reasons behind it are questionable and STUPID at best.

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    • Cecalie Diab TEMPE, AZ
      • over 2 years ago

      This is absolutely insane and should be treated as class warfare. This will keep even more people privileged over others through over-priced education and will be akin to stealing from the poor to give to the rich.

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    • Marcso Urrea TUCSON, AZ
      • over 2 years ago

      As a student who is already at a disadvantage financially, and who despite the several scholarships I have earned, am still forced to work 40 hours a week just to make ends meet, I am disgusted at this insensible proposition. Nobody gets a free ride to college as it is. Those who are fortunate enough to not have to pay any out of pocket expenses have already sacrificed much in other areas in order earn those scholarships that allow them to not have to be preoccupied with extra expenses. It seems that some of our state leaders have lost the true ideals of American opportunity, and have no idea the worth of graduates from our own state. Rather than making it more difficult for students who are trying to graduate from our universities (which those graduates would help our economy immensely by the way) legislators should be looking for a way to help the people of this state, so that they may be provided the best opportunity of success. Is that not the purpose of our legislation in the first place? This proposed legislation could have grave consequences if passed, and would be incredibly detrimental to our state.

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