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32 Percent Tuition Increase? I’d Riot Too

50576556Those who know me know that I’m not the protesting kind of guy, but even I’d be inclined to take up the picket signs if Penn State tried to raise tuition 32%. Thankfully, Penn State’s Board of Trustees isn’t that crazy, but unfortunately for students at the various University of California schools, their Board of Regents is.

The UC Board of Regents met yesterday and approved a two-step plan that will result in a student fee increase of $2,500 or 32%, says the L.A. Times. Understandably, the students are pissed. So pissed, in fact, that they stormed and occupied a campus building, chaining the doors shut. Hundreds of students have turned out to protest the increase.

What I find interesting about the protesting is that, assuming the Board of Regents doesn’t back down from their increase, the yearly (not semester) tuition rate for an in-state UCLA student will be $10,302. That’s nothing compared to Penn State’s $15,580 (for upperclassmen). I’d be interested to see what Penn State students would do if Penn State tried to bump tuition 32% (which, for those interested, would bring tuition to $20,565). Let us know what you would do in the comments.

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Chase Tralka

Chase Tralka is a Senior majoring in Information Sciences and Technology with a minor in Security and Risk Analysis. He is from Northern New Jersey and is involved in far too many organizations to list here. He enjoys photography, cycling, and listening to obscure free jazz music.

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