Columbia has consistently topped charts as the most expensive private university in the country. More than 3,200 students, parents, faculty, and alum at Columbia University have signed a petition in support of a tuition strike for the spring 2021 semester. The petition, which was started by Columbia-Barnard’s Young Democratic Socialists of America (YDSA) chapter, outlines several demands that students have for the university, including a 10% reduction in the cost of attendance, a 10% increase in student’s financial aid, and the providing of education, employment, and affordable housing to the larger West Harlem community, where the school is located. Columbia’s YDSA organized for a partial tuition reduction for the fall 2020 semester but was unsuccessful. Becca Roskill, a junior at Columbia and an organizer with YDSA, told Teen Vogue that this semester, students like her realized that a more extreme action was needed to get the university’s attention.
News: Columbia Students Plan a Tuition Strike for Spring 2021 Semester
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