As many students take on the ever-increasing burden of college debt, one group of friends decided to fight back.
Christian Espinosa is an in-state student and struggles to pay KU’s tuition. In 2014, in-state tuition would cost around $9,000 and that has gone up to around $11,000 in 2017.
“It truly is a hardship for us,” says Espinosa.
So, Cristian and some lifelong friends formed KU Against Rising Tuition to help raise awareness of the rising costs to attend KU. They put together seminars and invite students and staff to learn about the spending habits of the University.
“We want both the alumni that have come out tonight and students to understand that this is a real problem, this is a problem that all students are facing,” he says.
These are problems that the group feels need to be addressed. One of the topics discussed in tonight’s meeting was the costs it takes to use KU’s private jet. The committee says that although the jet was a gift to the University, the costs of using it is the issue. They say the jet costs over $1 million per year to operate, which is double the industry average for the same jet.
“We still continue to have student fees increasing and not be able to have any impact or influence with this jet,” says Espinosa.
KU ART hopes that having these discussions will spark a change in the way the University spends its money. Their next meeting is Wednesday, November 8 at 5:30 p.m. in Woodruff Auditorium.