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Thursday, May 23, 2024

The Gainesville chapter of Students for a Democratic Society will march to Tigert Hall this morning to protest the 15 percent tuition increase passed in June by UF's Board of Trustees.

This spring, state legislators approved an 8 percent tuition increase and allowed universities to make additional increases up to 7 percent, which UF did.

SDS lead organizers Robbey Hayes and Michela Martinazzi believe the tuition hikes are unfair and unnecessary, saying UF administration should dig into its endowment before putting further financial strain on students in the current economy.

"It's unfair to put that burden on the backs of the students," Hayes said.

Students will rally on Turlington Plaza at 11:30 a.m. and march to Tigert Hall, where they hope to talk to Provost Joe Glover. SDS members have collected enough student signatures to get a referendum question on the ballot during Student Government elections this month.

Hayes and Martinazzi said they expect 200 to 300 students to show up for the march based on attendance at similar events in the past.

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