The Graduate and Professional Student Federation discussed ways to broadcast their discontentment with impending tuition hikes and University budget cuts at their meeting Tuesday evening.
GPSF President Serena Witzke said she is dissatisfied with the UNC administration’s recent proposal to raise tuition for graduate students.
She said she’d like to see a tuition increase spread out over five years rather than the two-to-four-year plan being proposed by administrators now.
She said most graduate students favor a more spread-out increase.
Witzke encouraged attendees to participate in Student Body President Mary Cooper’s tuition discussions.
“Come to this discussion, so at least we can participate in our demise,” Witzke said.
Christine Hajdin, a chemistry research assistant, said government funding for financial aid programs is decreasing.
In 2011, UNC lost nearly $100 million in funding, forcing the University to cut the budgets of 556 course sections, she said.
Scholarship support totaling $5.5 million was also cut.
“The money that your parents can’t pay and the money that the school can’t pay will transfer into debt,” she said.