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Representative Kawasaki Calls on University Board of Regents to Re-examine Tuition Increase and Consider Student Proposal

Fairbanks - Representative Scott Kawasaki is asking the University of Alaska Board of Regents to re-examine the two year, 23% tuition increase. Kawasaki instead is asked the Board of Regents to give consideration to the proposed student leaders and student government proposal of a 7% increase for the academic year 2013. The Board of Regents will discuss tuition increase at the Board of Regents meeting, September 23rd through the 24th in Juneau at the University of Alaska Southeast Campus.

"I believe firmly that a smart student who has the brains, passion to learn and desire to help themselves and their community should not be denied an education simply because they can't afford one." Kawasaki said "I am worried that with such an exaggerated increase over the next two years we will make college out of reach for too many Alaskan students."

A recent study announced that for the first time in history student loan debt would now surpass credit card debt for young students. It is vital for the University to be the world-class institution of higher learning and affordable to Alaskan students. For the past several years' student leaders fought for a scholarship program to encourage more participation for eligible students. Continued tuition increases will have the misfortunate effect of driving students away from the University of Alaska and down to the lower 48 campuses.

"I'm thankful to be a second generation graduate of the University of Alaska Fairbanks." Kawasaki said. "The University must remain an affordable college to remain viable for Alaskan students and visitors.

In solidarity with University of Alaska student governments on multiple campuses, Representative Kawasaki will wear black and attend the ASUAF "All Black Everything" Protest on the UAF campus, Wednesday, September 23rd from 2:00 PM to 5:00 PM.  Representative Kawasaki has worked with student leaders throughout the state and will submit written testimony to the Board Regents. If you have additional questions in regards to Representative Kawasaki's schedule or testimony, please contact Brodie Anderson at 907-456-7423.



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