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College Students: 'Hopeless' Future

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The cost of a public college education in New Jersey has gone up again this year.

Rutgers students say it’s just more bad news for the state's young adults.

"It feels like a hopeless situation right now and I think a lot of people feel that,” junior Mitul Patel says.

Amidst a student loan and housing crisis for Jersey’s millennials, college students have to pay higher tuition at all but two of the state’s two dozen universities for the upcoming academic year.

Members of a state-wide group called NJ Students United that’s actively protesting tuition hikes.

Members say they are concerned about getting a job when they graduate - and moving back in with their parents in suburban New Jersey is a real option.

“I’m unsure of what my future will be with such a saturated job market, Marios Athanasiou says. "My sister graduated from Cornell and she’s living at home with my parents while she tries to find a job.”

But these students say they won’t take endless tuition hikes and high unemployment lying down. They protested rising tuition at Rutgers - and say their issue with the 2.4% hike is that the University won’t show them the budget to justify the hikes. they say that is ridiculous for a public university.

In a press release, the University’s board of Governor’s said hikes: “are driven by increasing expenditures (primarily negotiated personnel salaries), moderated by any increased appropriations in the annual state budget.”

NJ Students United says New Jersey’s rising number of unemployed college students with massive student loan debt is a huge burden on the state itself.

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