SUNY Student Protest

October 5, 2011 Updated Oct 5, 2011 at 7:48 AM EDT

By WKBW News

October 5, 2011 Updated Oct 5, 2011 at 7:48 AM EDT

Amherst, N.Y. (WKBW) - SUNY students are upset and they are taking a stand by walking out of class, Wednesday.

Here in Western New York, the University at Buffalo will take the lead in protesting the large tuition hikes that would add $300 more to the tuition bill each year. This year, New York State cut the SUNY budget by $300 million. They also passed a five-year, 30 percent, tuition hike.

Students said this hike would add to their already crippling debt as many struggle to find a job after college due to the struggling economy.

"That's the biggest concern of undergrads this year and for years to come. How do we get a job to pay off the loans? It's putting a strain on the first five or six years of their careers," student Sam Cavalleri said.

This tuition hike only affects the 21 campuses offering four-year degrees. Community colleges would not be impacted and are not participating in the walkout.

Stay tuned to Eyewitness News for more on the walkout.