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Thursday, October 06, 2022

When students vote in Student Government elections on Sept. 27 and Sept. 28, they will get the chance to voice their opinions on UF's recent tuition hike.

Students for a Democratic Society put the referendum question on the ballot in hopes of rallying students to speak out against the 15 percent increase, said SDS member Chrisley Carpio.

A referendum question gauges student opinion on an issue.

The UF Board of Trustees unanimously passed the tuition hike in June. State legislators voted in the spring for an 8 percent increase and allowed individual universities to raise their tuition up to an additional 7 percent.

Since Monday, SDS members have collected about 1,200 student signatures on Turlington Plaza.

SDS members will also hold an extended campaign to protest the tuition increase.

Carpio said the organization is looking to hold a rally around Sept. 17. She said the group plans to demand a meeting with administrators to discuss alternative ways of making up for the financial shortfall.

She said that many students' scholarships are decreasing and that students are having to work harder to make ends meet.

"Education is supposed to be for the students, right?" Carpio said. "It's supposed to be accessible."

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