Rutgers Students to Attend Open Session of the Rutgers Board of Governors Meeting
BRUNSWICK, NJ - The Rutgers Board of Governors will be meeting on July 11, 2013 to decide tuition costs for the 2013-2014 academic year. Rutgers students are expecting a large increase in tuition costs due to the recent merger between the University and UMDNJ which cost the University $443 million, and irresponsible spending by the University, largely due to effects of the scandal surrounding Mike Rice, the former Rutgers Basketball coach. Last year, despite students demanding otherwise, the Rutgers Board of Governor's increased tuition by 2.5%. Students, many of whom are or will be unable to attend the University because of high tuition costs, will be protesting at the meeting location to demand a tuition freeze.
Various students will enter the meeting's open session and speak in a favor of a tuition freeze, while many will remain outside. Students understand that the cost of higher education in the United States has increased dramatically over the past few decades, making it essential for most students to pursue scholarships and take out loans to finance their education. More and more students are dropping out of college, transferring to local, more affordable schools, or withholding from applying to higher education institutions altogether.
Rowan University has already implemented a tuition freeze for the 2013-2014 academic year. Students will be expected the Rutgers Board of Governor's to do the same. If Rutgers University can cover the cost of the merger with UMDNJ, as well as the affects of the Mike Rice scandal, they can certainly spare students the possibility of an unaffordable education. Students will not and cannot pay for the irresponsible spending of the University.
This protest will be held outside of Winants Hall, on the Old Queens campus, on College Avenue: Winants Hall, 7 College Avenue.