By Daniel Dornbaum
In recent weeks, CUNY administration officially released a statement showing their support for an extension of the “Rational Tuition” Plan. This plan calls on the state legislature to allow the CUNY board of trustees to increase tuition at all senior (four year) colleges at a rate of up to $300 per year for the next five years.
In the past month, USG has heard from representatives on all sides of the issue. We have held a Town Hall meeting in conjunction with the school newspaper, The Ticker, hosted multiple shows on the school’s radio station, WBMB, and held multiple senate meetings to receive public feedback and discuss the issue at length.
We ultimately passed two resolutions stating that the Baruch College Undergraduate Student Government does not support the tuition hike and joins the University Student Senate in calling for a Tuition Freeze. But our fight does not stop there. We have begun promoting an online petition started by the University Student Senate to make sure CUNY Students are aware of this issue. Members of the USG will also be giving testimony at the upcoming CUNY Board of Trustees meeting on Monday November 16th at 5:00PM in room 14-220 on Baruch’s Vertical Campus. If you wish to speak on this issue, contact the office of the secretary before 4:30pm Friday, November 13th, 2015. The phone number is 646-664-9050. You must tell them you will be speaking on Calendar item 3E.
It is very important to us that all of our constituents are knowledgeable of University policy that affects them. When USG hosts an event on campus, we make sure to open the doors to all students and make it as inclusive as possible. That being said, we understand that not all undergraduate students will have a chance to make it to our different programing. From full time jobs to taking care of family members, Baruch students are extremely busy and some will never be able to experience the different events we throw, but when it comes to University policy, everyone is affected.
Every student has a bill that they must pay at the beginning of every semester. For some this is not a heavy burden, but for others, even tuition at its current rate is difficult to pay. Some students will argue that the Tuition Increase will not affect them as they receive a full-ride scholarship. The only problem is as tuition goes up, donors into the scholarship fund may have a harder time providing the funds for future students.
Some students will argue that the Tuition Increase will not affect them as they receive TAP (Tuition Assistance Program), which covers their entire bill. The only problem is TAP maxes out at $5,135. This is already over $1,000 below the 2015-2016 tuition rate of CUNY senior colleges.
We will continue to fight to make the student’s voice be heard by the board of trustees and by members of our state government. Please help by signing the below petition and signing up to give testimony using the provided link. With further questions please email Daniel.firstname.lastname@example.org or call/text 646-696-0980.