I am very excited today because I was recently informed that HB 2675, the Minimum Contribution Bill, which would requires students to pay $2,000 out of pocket towards their tuition, was withdrawn from the Arizona House.
It wouldn't have been possible without the efforts of all the students who were fighting to protect education. It really goes to show you how students can accomplish a lot when they work together towards a unified purpose. It is a proud day for Arizona students.
This is a victory for students everywhere. Higher education is constantly under attack from government, and ironically it is one of the most important contributors to the economy. By killing HB 2675, we have sent a signal to legislatures everywhere that students are engaged and that they are willing to fight for their education.
But it doesn't stop there! Now, more then ever, students are faced with rising tuition costs, as well as decreasing government funding and financial aid. Education is a human right and is the key to economics success and a better future for everyone. It's time to get registered to vote, practice civic engagement, and work together to make our universities institutions that focus on our needs. Education should be as affordable and accessible as possible, as per the Arizona Constitution, and although there are many realities to face when it comes to achieving that goal, by working together, we can accomplish anything!