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OCCUPY CUNY BARUCH: WHY THIS IS US | December 11, 2011

The CUNY’s board of trustees approved tuition increases Monday as protesters gathered outside the meeting to denounce the move.

The tuition increases would be $300 per year for undergraduates, for up to five years. The first increase has already gone into effect, with tuition this year for resident full-time undergraduates at $5,130 and rising to $6,330 for the 2015-2016 academic year.

The increase rate varies for other programs, such as resident full-time law students paying an additional $670, and resident full-time doctoral students paying an additional $430.

Students United for a Free CUNY held a demonstration ahead of the meeting. Dozens gathered at Madison Square Park and marched to Baruch College, where the board was meeting.

CUNY said the tuition increase was required, because state aid has been cut by $300 million over the last four years, even as full-time enrollment has increased by 9.6 percent.

CUNY also said a portion of the money raised by the tuition hikes would be set aside for helping students with financial aid.

A protest last week on the issue resulted in 15 people being arrested, when students crowded into a Baruch College building where the CUNY board
 of trustees was holding a public hearing Baruch decided to reschedule afternoon classes and limit student access during the Monday board meeting to avoid a repeat of the Nov. 21 incident.

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