debtfreeunc

meow125-deactivated20150228 asked:

Can you tell me about the NC Student Power Union? I'm interested in bringing y'all ideals and passion to Georgia.

NCSPU is a statewide student-led, student-organized grassroots organization that advocates for higher education accessibility within the UNC system. We pressure the NC General Assembly (the state legislature), the UNC System Board of Governors and officials at each of our own universities to keep tuition from increasing, to stop department cuts, and to make campuses safe for students and faculty of all marginalized identities. 

Currently we’re in the middle of a campaign called #DebtFreeUNC, wherein we’re fighting for (a) A moratorium on cuts to programs, faculty and departments, (b) A public forum at Board of Governors’ meetings, which are currently closed to students and the public, and © By the year 2020, a university system where no student has to take on debt in order to graduate. You can add your signature to our petition here.

We’re also collecting people’s personal stories about student debt. If you have a story you want heard, you can submit it here.

And finally, we’re planning a conference for September 12 and 13 around these issues - it’s free, and we’re very likely going to be able to reimburse folks for travel. If you’re interested, you can sign up here.

Thanks for asking! I love the work I do with NCSPU.

carolinamercury.com
Students call for debt-free UNC by 2020

A few dozen students from 4 North Carolina universities marched to the UNC-system Board of Governors meeting Friday to call on the board to commit to offering a debt-free education.

Student activists with the NC Student Power Union are asking the board to reduce tuition and increase financial aid incrementally so that, by 2020, all students at NC public universities will graduate free of debt.

The group is also requesting a moratorium on cuts to faculty pay and departmental funding, particularly cuts included in recent budgets, and is demanding that the board hold forums open to students, faculty, staff, and members of the community at every Board of Governors meeting.