Oppose the proposed 6% tuition hike for incoming freshmen at the University of Cincinnati

Oppose the proposed 6% tuition hike for incoming freshmen at the University of Cincinnati

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UC YDSA started this petition to University of Cincinnati Board of Trustees

On April 23rd, the UC Board of Trustees will vote on a tuition hike for the incoming freshmen class. The proposal will raise in-state tuition, which has remained frozen since 2014, by 6%. By raising tuition, University of Cincinnati will continue the nationwide trend of making a college education increasingly unaffordable. Tens of thousands rely on this university to provide a cost-effective education and we refuse to allow the Board of Trustees to deny those same opportunities to the next generation of students. Here are some facts about the tuition hike and university spending:

 1. Increasing enrollment has taken care of the cost of inflation since 2014, so adopting a tuition guarantee wouldn't increase our expenditures dramatically;
 2. 33% of the money raised from the increase in tuition will go to President Pinto's "Next Lives Here" initiative. The rest is for merit/need based scholarship. But we disagree with the strategy where you take money from one debt-ridden student to give it to another;  
 3. The athletic department has lost $102 Million in 4 years, this loss was subsidized mostly by our tuition dollars;
 4.  We're sitting on a $1.3 Billion endowment fund 

The university spends recklessly and unaccountably. Instead of allocating funds to our CAPS program, shuttle services, and paying our adjunct faculty a fair wage, we lose tens of millions of dollars a year on athletics, we construct extraneous buildings like the 5/3 Arena, and allocate money for massive light shows. 

Enough is enough, we must take control of our spending as a university, restore a sense of fiscally responsibility, and oppose this hike in tuition fee. 

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