Renee Bindewald, student body president of UNC-Asheville, said she is worried about the implications of not increasing tuition to offset the cuts.
“You’re going to end up with horrible universities across the state,” she said.
The system’s new tuition policy allows schools to propose an increase above the 6.5 percent cap as long as they can justify it.
Mary Cooper, UNC-CH student body president, said the student opposition to propose tuition hikes has been strong.
“There are students in Chapel Hill right now who don’t want me to be student body president anymore because I am considering raising tuition by 6.5 percent,” Cooper said.
ASG President Atul Bhula said he will talk with student body presidents individually before the association’s January meeting, when they will develop a unified stance on tuition increases.
The association approved the “Cuts Hurt,” initiative — a lobbying tactic that many association members believe will give students a voice in future tuition decisions.
Christine Hajdin, vice president of the association’s legislative and public affairs committee, said the project will be a compilation of student-submitted videos of how they have been affected by budget cuts.
Hajdin said she will present the finalized documentary to members of U.S. Congress in February and state legislators in March.
T.J. Eaves, student body president of Western Carolina University, said the project will allow students to have a say in the tuition conversation.
“They want to speak up, and this is a forum where they can do it,” he said.
Cooper said passing “Cuts Hurt” was a tangible result of the association’s monthly meeting.
“Thank you for allowing us to go back and say we’ve done something for our students,” she said.
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