UVA Students Protest Cutbacks to Financial Aid Program

Posted: Updated: Sep 20, 2013 04:18 PM

Dozens of University of Virginia students stood on the Rotunda steps to protest university cutbacks to tuition assistance called AccessUVA. According to UVA's official website, AccessUVA is the financial aid program for the university that guarantees 100 percent of the demonstrated need of students admitted to the school.

Students made presentations and submitted a virtual petition to the board of visitors with 8,000 signatures. Some said the university can't afford to lose more diversity with the cutbacks.

"I would not be here if it wasn't for AccessUVA. My mother was opposed to me going to a school further away from home but the no-loan program was an incentive for her to allow me to go to school and receive a better quality degree from UVA," said Hajar Ahmed, fourth-year student at UVA.  

The AccessUVA program is a no-loan program that gives students who qualify thousands of dollars that they might not receive otherwise.