Target: UC President Janet Napolitano
Goal: Stop plans to substantially increase tuition to unaffordable levels in the University of California system
With the cost of higher education at an all-time high, it seems unethical to make students pay more for school. However, the California University system continues to increase tuition and has made plans to increase it even further. If implemented, the 10 UC schools will have as much as a five percent increase in tuition in the next five years. With an increase in tuition, university students will have larger student loans, a higher chance of debt, and could even possibly not afford to attend university at all.
In response to the dissatisfaction from students all around California, many different solutions to this problem have been presented to UC President Janet Napolitano so that tuition increases can be avoided. Members of the Senate as well as members of the UC Board of Regents have proposed increases in state funding in order to freeze tuition rates. However, UC President Janet Napolitano has still insisted that tuition hikes are necessary to maintain academic excellence for these campuses. These schools’ budgets, however, remain shrouded in secrecy, with undisclosed sums going to a growing administration’s increasing salaries.
We must urge UC President Janet Napolitano to explore all possible options regarding state funding so that increases in tuition will not be necessary. With the cost for tuition at a California university so unbelievably high already, it would not be fair to students, future students, or their families to pay such an exorbitant sum for their education. We must put an end to tuition increases and support the increase of state funding so that all students of the University of California system can receive an education at a fair price.
Dear President Napolitano,
The cost of higher education is already so incredibly high and set to increase further this coming fall. While the California economy is only starting to stabilize, tuition hikes will only add to the burden students and their families face already. Higher prices for education lead to more student debt, less spending power, and less economic stability upon graduation, and could possibly deny future students the opportunity to attend a school in the University of California system.
Students deserve the right to a fair price for their education. I urge you not implement the tuition increase for the UC schools. I ask you to explore all possible opportunities for state funding so that a tuition increase will not be necessary. Please maintain the freeze on tuition rates in the University of California system and give students a greater opportunity to have access to education.
[Your Name Here]
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