Tuition Protests at John Jay College

While the occupation on Wall street is taking place. There are also some protests going on in midtown. The City University of New York, John Jay College of Criminal Justice, is experiencing a student protest.

Today, October 5, 2011, in the early afternoon a large group of John Jay students decided to show the college their distaste with the current tuition hikes. All CUNY schools are funded by the city of New York, and when budgets are slashed the costs fall on the students. During my last year at John Jay College they sent out a newsletter notifying the students that tuition would be increased every year for the next 5 years. Although many are quick to assume that government funding pays for most of the students tuition that just isn't true. Federal funding only covers a portion of tuition, and the rest comes out of their own pockets. John Jay is also a commuter school, which means their students pay to travel to and from school each day. The MTA has also felt the financial squeeze and has raised the fairs on travel. The Port Authority of New York has also raised the prices for bridges, and tunnels. Needless to say, students that study in the City of New York are confronted with some serious financial worries.

Some are saying their efforts are fruitless, but I commend them for even trying. As a John Jay graduate that paid out-of-state tuition, I have always felt the financial pressure. I support any and all efforts at making change that supports the people.


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