Students Sit-In To Protest Proposed Tuition Hike

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About 50 students at Ohio University came together Wednesday to oppose a proposed tuition hike.

OU administrators are proposing a 3.5 percent tuition increase for next school year, which would make it the third tuition hike in three years.

Using study materials as props, students gathered to send a message to the president and other university administrators that they want to receive an education instead of blank checks.

Jacob Chaffin, a junior student at OU, was at the protest, and says he hopes more people will join the cause.

"The students have to be aware, and they have to start caring in order to get something done because the people who are currently pushing for funding, they don't feel the burden. As long as they don't feel the burden, they're not going to do anything about it. If we're going to take that on, we're going to push our administration to push for us to make sure we get this funding," said Chaffin. 

The protesters say they will hold a rally next Wednesday on College Green so students can share their personal stories about how the tuition increase will impact their lives.

OU officials say they have tried to minimize tuition costs for students, but have little choice due to cuts in the state budget.