GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KKCO) - Mesa State students, faculty and local officials gathered at the Maverick Pavilion Wednesday to talk about the effect of state budget cuts on higher education. Similar rallies were held around the state as students sent a message to legislators.
Student government officials urged others to get involved, get informed and help generate new ideas for the college to save money.
Members of the Associated Student Government pointed out that pending budget cuts could mean another $4.1 million out of next year's fiscal budget. Most of the current cuts in funding have been offset by stimulus money. But since that money is limited, a rise in tuition might be just over the horizon for students.
ASG President Ryan Hendershot urged students to work together in finding ways for the college to cut costs.
"That we can come together and find more creative solutions that they haven't thought of, that our administration hasn't thought of, that really come from the ground, from the students," says Hendershot.
Student government is planning on holding forums throughout the next couple months to brainstorm money saving ideas.
Mesa State College President Tim Foster also urged students to support legislation that would give colleges and universities more flexibility when it comes to using state funds.