18 July 2003
How does the state budget crisis affect you as a student?
|'I'm worried about the cuts here and how
the loss in funding for UC will affect my own budget. I'm
still dependent on my mother financially, and we fall
into the trap of being in the "middle-income" bracket
where you can't get financial aid. It will hit us hard.
I'm also concerned about how the extra
costs will change people's decisions about what they want
to do — what housing they can get or what opportunities
they can pursue. And cutting resources for public education — for
elementary schools, middle schools — is really
going to hurt. Overall I feel that some structural
change has to be made, because these problems were here
before Governor Davis took office and they're going to
be here after he leaves, too.'
—Maya Jones, fourth-year History major
|'The main way the budget crisis affects
me is that my roommate told me that they just increased
fees by 25 percent. That's on top of the fee increases
we already had this year. That sucks. I've gotten financial
aid before; I'm waiting to hear if I'll get it for this
—Hai Dao, fourth-year History/English major
|'I read in the newspaper that they are planning
to raise fees by 25 or 30 percent. That is definitely going
to affect me because this year I'll be a sophomore and
already my family doesn't have a lot of money to spend.
this budget crisis, not as many people will be able to
get a college education and that will affect the economy
in the long
run in terms of fewer qualified people for jobs.
It goes in circles. What I want to know is, Why should
suffer because of the government policies? They should
raises taxes on something else first. Maybe public transportation,
although that would make me suffer too because I take BART.'
—Jenny Belotserkovsky, second-year Business or Mass Communications major (intended)
|'I'll be starting school here in the fall so it does
affect me. Prices going up for school are not a good
thing for anybody. It will be hard for my parents financially,
and it might jeopardize
the things I can do, like extracurricular activities. Other
people might not be able to afford to come here at all,
they'll have to go
to another university or a junior college or something.
I just hope the government can fix its problems.'
—Jonathan Richina, first-year Integrative Biology major (intended)
|'I'm worried about the budget in that my
tuition is going up. I am not on financial
aid, but a lot of my friends are and I am worried that
they might suffer more. And besides tuition increases,
a lot of campus facilities won't be as available — they're
cutting back on library hours and a lot of things that
are pretty essential to a college campus. On the other
hand, money is money, and if the state doesn't have it,
you can't really argue with the numbers. So what can you
— Nancy Lee, third-year Molecular & Cell Biology major