UNC students need help to get to Feb.10 tuition hike meeting

The following is from the good people at the NC Defend Education Coalition. Click here to support their excellent cause:

“On February 10, the UNC Board of Governors will vote on tuition and fee increases for all UNC system schools. Some hikes could exceed 10%, compelling students to speak out against the increase that will effect many students’ ability to access higher education. They have found support from many organizations, including the NC NAACP President Rev. William Barber II.

Earlier this month, the Association of Student Governments (ASG) pledged to support student efforts to have a presence at the February 10 meeting by funding transportation from every school.

But under pressure from the UNC General Administration and Board of Governors, the ASG leadership caved and backed out of their promise to fund transportation. Clearly, the Board of Governors wants to have this meeting without having to confront the students who it will directly impact.

‘The only way to stop this unconstitutional increase is through mobilization. Student power will be the deciding vote,’ said Andrew Payne, former ASG president who successfully led a mobilization of more than 5,000 students in 2001 against budget cuts to the UNC system.

We need your help today! Students across the UNC system, from Fayetteville State University out to Appalachian State, have signed up travel to the Triangle Feb 10 and now there is no funding for transportation. We are urgently trying to raise $3,000 to:

–reimburse the cost of gas for students traveling to Chapel Hill
–help student organizations rent vehicles
–cover any other costs, including lodging, food, signs, etc.

With only one week until the meeting, we are scrambling to make alternative arrangements to get everyone to Chapel Hill on February 10.

Please consider making an urgently needed donation today, and spread the word to others who oppose the rising cost of education, increasing student loan debt, and who want to keep the doors of North Carolina’s higher education system open to all!

Click here to support this effort.

6 Comments

  1. Alex

    February 6, 2012 at 5:00 pm

    Most of them are able to get to the beach and Florida for Spring Break without any help !

  2. david esmay

    February 6, 2012 at 10:05 pm

    You are a moron. We have three in the UNC system , one whose graduated, and one years away from college. The costs are ridiculous, and not just tuition. when you factor in the exorbitant costs of text books, housing and food, fewer and fewer families will be able to send their kids to college. I just paid 240.00 for two text books for one of our kids. I never paid 240.00 for an entire year’s worth of books when I was in school.

  3. Andrew

    February 7, 2012 at 8:33 am

    Send them to a community college and cut your costs. The bottom line is we are producing an awful lot of worthless BA’s with no job prospects.in the future. The whole thing is a sham.

  4. Rob Schofield

    February 7, 2012 at 8:39 am

    Hey “Andrew” and “Alex” — Since you both clearly work at the same office, don’t you think y’all could at least get your messages coordinated?

    And by the way, the community colleges have been slashed as well.

  5. Jack

    February 7, 2012 at 3:00 pm

    So now education is worthless. Sounds like BA envy. But really folks, attending college is certainly for the purpose of make one job-worthy but the real payoff is that a person meets the challenge of self and a new world. College education last a life time.

    When college is done right you learn what narrow mindedness is and you void it like the plague. For example: People who speak in generalities are to be challenged and then avoided at all cost.

  6. gregflynn

    February 7, 2012 at 7:58 pm

    Jack, I think Andrew is referring to his own degree.