Activists sang songs and gave speeches while urging the state Board of Governors for Higher Education to stop a proposed 9.5 percent tuition increase for state residents attending the University of Rhode Island.
The Providence Journal reports that members of Occupy URI and a grassroots group called the Raging Grannies of Greater Westerly urged the board on Monday to dump the tuition increase planned for the fall.
Activists sang a song titled “Bail Out the Students” to send a message that college students are overburdened with loans and need a bail out more than Wall Street bankers. URI President David Dooley acknowledged that paying for college has become a serious challenge. The board’s recommended tuition increases at state colleges have already been incorporated into the governor’s budget.