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Fight The Tuition Hike – Rally and UH Hearings Tomorrow

The University of Hawai’i will be holding 2 hearings in Hilo this Thursday to discuss the proposed tuition increase. Students at Hawai’i Community College and UH Hilo are organizing a “Fight the Hike” Rallies on both campuses.

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“These tuition increases are making public education too expensive for the public. We need affordable higher education,” said Associated Students of Hawai’i Community College (ASUHawCC) Member Asia Olsen.

On Friday, 4/22/16 ASUHawcc passed a resolution opposing the tuition increase highlighting rapidly increasing student debt and tuition see resolution here.

The proposed tuition increase comes in the wake of a student led lawsuit alleging mismanagement of student fees see 4/11/16 Hawaii Tribune Herald article here.

Lack of fiscal record keeping is currently being addressed at UH Hilo. UH Hilo business student Jen Ruggles recently requested a Hawai’i State Audit after numerous Freedom of Information (FOI) requests went unanswered see FOI requests here.

“UH Hilo Campus Center has not been able to provide basic fiscal records on how student fees are being spent including entire months of budgets, agendas, and minutes. How can UH request a tuition increase when there is still 11 months of student money that remains unaccounted for?” Ruggles said.

Students, the university community and public are invited to listen to a presentation on the University’s proposed tuition schedule and to present testimony (written or oral) at the meeting. The proposed tuition schedule and supporting documentation are available at www.hawaii.edu/offices/aa/tuition.html. Contact or email testimony to:tuition@hawaii.edu.

Students will organize rallies on both upper and lower campuses.

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