Over 100 Boğaziçi students receive funding cut over rector protests

Turkey’s state-run Credit and Dormitories Foundation (KYK) has cancelled the loans and scholarships of some 100 students, citing their protest of a government-linked rector, Cumhuriyet newspaper reported on Wednesday.

The students received written notification that their funding had been cut from the Istanbul Governor’s Office, and that payment on their loans would begin as of July 2023, according to Cumhuriyet.

Protests at Istanbul’s prestigious Boğaziçi University  Boğaziçi University began on Jan. 4, after Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan appointed Melih Bulu, former district official with his ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP), as rector to the university, in a move that went against the traditions of one of the oldest universities in the country.

The protests later spread through the city and rest of the country, resulting in a police crackdown, which saw hundreds of students detained, their homes raided, and their supporters denounced as “terrorists” by government officials. 

Over 100 people were detained over the protests, with Turkish prosecutors in April calling for jail terms ranging from six months to three years for 97 protesters.

The KYK referred to a regulation calling for the termination of loans and scholarships of students, who have been suspended from school for one semester or more, Cumhuriyet said.