TCU students will gather this afternoon at 4:30 on the front lawn of Sadler Hall to show their concerns over a recently announced tuition increase.
Chancellor Victor Boschini informed students about the increase earlier this week via an email: "...Our Trustees last week voted to increase tuition for full-time undergraduates by 6.5 percent to $34,500 for the 2012-2013 academic year. Overall financial aid will increase by 6.5 percent."
A summary of the TCU's recent board of trustees meeting is available on the university's website.
The hike, which comes after an 8 percent increase passed last year, prompted many students to demand a better explanation. They posted their concerns on Facebook and Twitter and plan to ask questions of Boschini during the gathering today.
Michael Millican, a sophomore majoring in political science, said the tuition hurts students from middle-class families who rely on financial aid, grants, scholarships and loans.
"It's not just poor students who are affected by this, it's everybody," he said. "People's income hasn't increased 6.5 percent in the last year."
College tuition costs have grown throughout the past decade, according to the College Board Advocacy & Policy Center. Over the decade from 2001-02 to 2011-12, published tuition and fees at private non-profit four-year colleges increased at an average rate of 2.6 percent per year beyond inflation. To get a closer look at 2011 tuition trends, look here.
The gathering is scheduled from 4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.