Students protest tuition hike at UCC but university defends decision

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Ainsworth Morris/Gleaner Writer

Students of the University of the Commonwealth Caribbean (UCC) protested at the gates of the Worthington Avenue-based institution this morning over a hike in tuition fees, claiming that costs have risen by as much as 50 per cent.

Some students said they were first informed of the increase when they went online to register for the next semester.

Princess Small, one of the most vocal students, who has been rallying support, told The Gleaner that the administrators had confirmed the increase in an email but said they were still in discussions.

Small said days after that correspondence was issued, a document was sent to the students outlining an increase of 23 per cent for the next semester and 55 per cent for next year summer.

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