An Immediate Decrease in UArts Tuition for 2020-2021

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The tuition for this upcoming academic year  2020-2021 at University of the Arts has increased by $1,670. During our current pandemic and financial crisis, this raise in tuition is irresponsible and inconsiderate to students: not only do students bear the burden of an already outrageous cost of higher education in the USA, but we are now put under more financial duress as we grapple with the affects COVID-19 and the consequential recession. This petition demands that the President, Vice President for Finance and Administration, and the Board of Trustees at University of the Arts cease inflation and decrease tuition for the academic year 2020-2021.

The boldness and effort to which University of the Arts leadership moves forward in evaluating and deconstructing its budgets, and adjusting tuition to meet the financial circumstances of its students, reveals how much the University actually cares in being "supportive and responsive" to the creative and educational goals of its students. To ignore that ANY sort of increase in tuition at this time will not have a substantial and harmful financial effect on the current and future lives of students is to be ignorant of the UArts community's livelihood and overall well being. 

Moreover, we demand that the University be transparent in their communication regarding the decisions surrounding tuition and budgets, and release a detailed plan of how and when we, the students, can expect to see the institution's support and response to our financial needs.

As a leading arts institution, it is up to this University to set a standard in how to support the next generation of artists in these trying times, especially the artists that will represent this institution going forward. This is why we, the student body and community of University of the Arts, request an immediate decrease in tuition for this 2020-2021 academic year.

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