In the face of incessant tuition hikes and financial aid cuts, many of us have felt powerless.
Year after year, the Board of Visitors (BOV) votes to raise tuition. Over the last 10 years, in-state tuition and fees have increased a whopping 89%, while out-of-state tuition and fees have increased 84% (2004-05 tuition/fees, 2014-15 tuition/fees).
In August 2013, the BOV decided to make massive changes to the University’s touted AccessUVA program, forcing low-income students to take on thousands of dollars in debt.
These continued tuition hikes and financial aid cuts demonstrate that UVA does not prioritize low and middle income students. When we graduate, we face daunting job prospects and crippling debt. Our education is quickly becoming a private good that’s only available to the privileged few.
How long will this continue? We can no longer afford to pay the exorbitant price of attending UVA.
On Mar. 24 and 25, the BOV will be meeting to consider sweeping changes to the University’s tuition and financial aid structures.
We demand that the BOV enact an immediate freeze on tuition and fees. We further demand that the BOV formulate a plan to guarantee debt-free education for everyone who attends the University. Student debt is a crisis that must be solved now, not later. Stand with us and take action.
Here’s what you can do:
- Call the BOV on Friday, Mar. 20. Visit our “call center” at 4 East Lawn between 11AM and 4PM to call BOV members directly and talk to them about why these issues are important. RSVP to the Facebook event.
- Attend the BOV Finance Subcommittee meeting on Tuesday, Mar. 24. At 3PM, we’ll gather outside the Special Collections Library and enter the meeting together. By packing the room, we’ll show the BOV that affordability is a top priority.
- Spread the word. Talk to your friends about how debt has affected you and people you know. We need as many students mobilized as possible to show BOV members that we mean business.