A recent public meeting at the University of Nevada, Reno drew vocal student opposition to a proposed 17 percent tuition hike.
Nevada System of Higher Education Chancellor Dan Klaich appeared before UNR students on Feb. 4 with President Marc Johnson to explain the systems proposed hikes. According to the Reno Gazette-Journal, about 50 students turned out. A recent meeting at UNLV drew a similar sized audience.
In a letter to the editor published on www.rgj.com, UNR business student Andrew Diss criticized the Board of Regents for resorting to tuition hikes at a time when students are already shouldering a significant financial burden.
“For thousands of students who are working to pay rent, buy groceries and pay tuition, having to fork out another $4,000 for school is anything but modest, unless you are making a six-figure university president’s salary,” Diss wrote.
He said the softer cuts proposed for the state’s graduate students were still unnecessary in light of previous hikes.
“Since the start of the recession, costs to students have increased by 73 percent,” wrote Diss. “This is a far cry from the guiding principle of “accessibility” that NSHE likes to tout.”
Diss called on the state to “properly fund” education in order to stop further tuition increases.