Students plan to call President Max Nikias' office en masse on Tuesday afternoon to express their concern about rising tuition costs.

Protesters are asked to use this script when calling Nikias
Protesters are asked to use this script when calling Nikias

The literal call to action is organized by the College Affordability Coalition, a collective of students dedicated to stopping tuition hikes at USC. Event organizer Nadja Barlera said the call-in allows all students, regardless of their physical location, to make their voices heard.

"We thought the call-in might be a good way for people not comfortable with direct action and on-the-ground organizing to still participate," Barlera said.

Earlier this month, the university announced tuition will increase by nearly $2,000 for the upcoming academic year. The increase brings the total estimate of costs to $51,442, up from $49,464 for the 2015-2016 year.

The call-in is part of a series of protests by students demanding greater accountability from the university about rising tuition costs.

A script posted on the "Stop USC Tuition Hikes" Facebook page instructs callers to demand a tuition freeze and the appointment of a student representative to the Board of Trustees.

Barlera hopes parents will also partake in the event.

"Involving parents is really important because they are the ones paying tuition," Barlera said.

The call-in is expected to run from 12-3 p.m. on Tuesday. The office of the president said it was unaware of the event when asked how staffers would respond to calls.

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