AUB students sign the petition in Beirut, Thursday, March 6, 2014. (The Daily Star/Hasan Shaaban)
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Dean of Student Affairs at AUB Talal Nizameddin signed Thursday a student petition calling for tuition increases to stop. Crouching down to sign the banner unfurled across one of the University's main thoroughfares, Nizameddin joined hundreds of students worried that a proposed tuition increase would be prohibitive for their families. While AUB President Peter Dorman has assured students that the university's financial aid program will expand with tuition hikes, Nizameddin said many remain wary.Many are concerned that tuition increases will ultimately result in a more homogenous student body.Rumors that some university tuition fees would be used to cover some of the costs of the AUB hospital (AUBMC) also raised the ire of the student body.Currently, more student tuition fees account for more than 85 percent of the university's budget.
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