The Arizona Desert Lamp

Arizona Student Fee Protection Pledge

New: Check out common misconceptions about the Pledge at our Myths and Facts page.

There is very little that ASUA can do to directly help UA students during tough economic times. No amount of dedication or awareness from our campus in Tucson can fix problems wrought on a global scale. Even controlling the ins-and-outs of the state government in Phoenix has proven to be beyond the student government’s control.

But there is one area where ASUA can influence the cost of college. On top of annual tuition increases, students have seen incidental student fees nearly triple over the past four academic years: from $51.73 in fall 2005 to an estimated $151.50 next semester. The Student Services Fee, which was never actually approved by a student vote, is set to double from $20 to $40 next semester. The Recreation Center takes two different fees: one for bonds on its current renovation, and one that is adjusted for inflation (and thus continuously rising) for Recreation programs. The Dean of Libraries has called for the $30 portion of the Tech/Library Fee to rise to $180 per student per semester.

Outgoing ASUA President Tommy Bruce maintains that “every possible fee, every possible tuition increase, it’s all on the table as an option.” We respectfully disagree. We believe that student government officials serve the students first, and should work to avoid increasing their financial burden here at the UA. They need representatives who remember the students they serve, and who will protect them from the pernicious nickel-and-diming of student fees. Will our student leaders rise to the call? Click here to see the letter we sent asking for their support.

The following candidates have pledged to the students of the University of Arizona that they will oppose and vote against any and all efforts to increase student fees for the duration of their terms in office:

Visit the Hall of Shame to see the list of candidates who have failed to honor their promises.


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  1. […] why the Desert Lamp has released the Arizona Student Fee Protection Pledge, offered to all ASUA candidates running in this election. The pledge itself is straightfoward: I […]

  2. […] hours after we sent our pledge out, Mr. Nick Jones, Senate candidate, sent back his e-John-Hancock pledging to not support any increases in your student fees; poor Pony Express messenger practically broke […]

  3. […] 16th, 2009 Senate candidate Aaron Elyachar is the second student leader to sign on to the Arizona Student Fee Protection Pledge. We’re eagerly awaiting full platforms from this year’s candidates, but for now we know […]

  4. […] once two sitting Senators opposed such feeing, now only one candidate is willing to take such a stand. Tagged with: Arizona Growler, ASUA, ASUA Senate, Fees, Information Technologies/Library Fee, […]

  5. […] .” Mr. San Angelo, if you truly mean this lofty campaign rhetoric, then it sounds like  the Arizona Student Fee Protection Pledge is right up your […]

  6. […] only one candidate that must go on, and that’s naturally Nick Jones, who remains the only candidate to have affirmed his commitment to not levy any new fees. Incidentally, he remains the only […]

  7. […] campus security, but it’s actually about your pocketbook. Naturally, Mr. Nagata has not put his money where his mouth is. Mr. Nagata was scarcely able to declare his defense of your pocketbook before he launched into […]

  8. […] Arizona Student Fee Protection Pledge: Find out which candidates have made a commitment to protect you from fees. […]

  9. […] have access to these services, they’re stuck in this with the rest of us. (Which is to say – to arms!) The last point is less objectionable, yet it’s hard to see how it doesn’t boil down […]

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