SALEM, Ore.– Hundreds of students from more than 15 schools marched to the Capitol steps to ask legislators to make higher education more affordable.
At the rally in Salem, students demanded increases to higher education budgets including: $850 million for universities, $510 million for community colleges, $15 million for the Oregon Opportunity Grant, Oregon’s only source of need-based financial aid, and $277,000 for the Student Parent Childcare Grant.
Students chanted, held signs, and carried yellow balloons with their debt written on them. Speaker of the House Tina Kotek joined the rally and spoke about the need to invest in higher education.
The Oregon Student Association and students say they’ve been in Salem everyday of the legislative session and say they will continue until the legislators adjourn.