The proposed change: an extra $300 per year, bringing the total in-state tuition for full-time students to $5,430 per year – significantly less than the $8,244 nationwide average for in-state students at 4-year public universities.
The riots were apparently orchestrated by a group called “Students United for a Free CUNY.” The group, as its name suggests, wants CUNY to accept students free of charge – or, more accurately, to bill New York taxpayers for the expense.
Well it’s a public college. The taxpayers are supposed to fund it, that’s the nature of such an institution.
CUNY was tuition-free until 1975, when a financial crisis caused New York to charge students to attend college.