MSU senior Michael Lipphardt says he works three jobs just so he can pay for college.
"You can hardly find a student any more that doesn't work at least two jobs to afford it," he said.
At MSU education cuts have forced some students to start from square one.
"They're going to MSU to get a degree in geology for example but the geology department was just discontinued."
This year higher education in Michigan was cut by 2.5 percent. And Representative Joan Bauer says unless students speak up, they can expect more cuts next year.
"That is going to be one of the few areas we're going to be able to cut," she said. "So we need voices. You need to be calling us, e-mailing us, and saying this is unacceptable."
Some already are. Students from across the state, frustrated by education cuts, gathered at the Capitol Friday. They had this message for legislators:
"From day one we want them to make education a priority," said Lipphardt.
With tuition and fees on the rise and jobs harder to come by than ever, for some, college may not be an option.
"We don't want to make higher education a socio-economic battle where only the privileged students can achieve it," Lipphardt added.
Lipphardt says the way to make sure that doesn't happen is to show legislators November 2 they're not apathetic.
"That's unfortunately what our legislature responds to: whether they'll be reelected. And that's what we need to show them is that we're a powerful voting block," he said.
Michigan state student leaders say the 2.5 percent cuts were actually less than what they were expecting for the 2011 fiscal year.