About 500 students, alumni and faculty rallied on the capitol steps in Salem today (Thursday). They're calling for higher education funding.
Representatives from Oregon's 17 community colleges and seven public universities want legislators to hear their plea for greater investments in tuition funding.
Lane community college student leader Tyler Dorris spoke with KLCC's Tiffany Eckert from the rally in Salem.
Dorris: "There has been an amazing level of solidarity here. We have had people from nearly every community college and university in Oregon show up here to show their support."
While Lawmakers are deciding how to allocate the state's education money, Dorris hopes they will find the $550 million he says would maintain community college tuition rates for the next two years.