“It’s been 10 years and it’s no longer a temporary fee,” McLaurin said.
The fee represents about 2% of UGA’s $1.7 billion budget. UGA officials said in one report that money from the fee and other funds have been used to pay for, among other things, 40 additional academic advisors since 2015.
University System officials have scheduled a meeting to discuss the matter with those actively involved in ending the fee, system spokeswoman Jen Ryan said Tuesday.
The protesters also raised other issues Tuesday, such as increasing access for unauthorized students to the University System. In 2011, the board approved a policy prohibiting unauthorized students from attending some of its top schools.
“There’s no economic or moral reason we shouldn’t allow people to pursue an education,” said UGA graduate student Sara Black, one of the demonstrators.