Yet another fee hike is bearing down

By Tiffany Roesler

In the 2010-11 school year, students attending Calif. State
Universities and Universities of California witnessed a 15.5
percent increase in tuition.

These higher learning institutions have been the victims of a
$500 million budget cut and could be seeing $500 million more
disappear soon.

Fewer classes are available to students, more faculty has been
laid off, and fewer students are being admitted into schools.

Can it really get any worse?

Unfortunately, it can.

An estimated 32 percent tuition hike could take place in the
fall of 2011 in addition to an already proposed 10 percent tuition
increase.

Consequently, this could mean a decrease in financial aid,
severe cuts in qualified applicants, or the closing of 10 CSU
campuses ” which is almost half of the campuses in the system.

“An ‘all-cuts’ budget would mean reducing 36 percent of our
operating costs in one year, and I don’t know of a business in this
country that can take that kind of reduction,” said Chancellor
Charles Reed in a press conference held in Long Beach on May
10.

Too bad the fate of our CSU system is being treated like a
business transaction rather then being recognized as the future of
thousands of students and faculty.

“It’s hard to swallow,” said Zach Norton-Martinez, a second-year
kinesiology student. “Just like most students I know, we rely on
money from financial aid, [and] we’re only allotted a certain
amount. I’m personally not happy.”

Students seek higher education nowadays more than ever because
jobs that pay well are hard to come across. It’s reached a point
where if you don’t go to school, it will be almost impossible to
live comfortably.

If you can’t afford an education that’s supposed to be
affordable, then what can you do? Take out a loan? Get $25,000 in
debt before you’re 23?

It’s no wonder why people run into future financial
problems.

Students are being taught that it is okay to take out loans and
get into debt.

They can barely pay off the interest, let alone the original
amount. It just takes away from the strong foundation that college
is supposed to give students.

“With the way increases are going, I wish money grew on trees,
but the only thing growing in the Calif. State University system is
debt for their students,” said Norton-Martinez.

Although the budget cuts have not been hidden, some of the
students at the smaller CSU campuses have remained uninformed.

“I, along with many other freshmen, was not aware of the tuition
increase,” said Nicole Riley, a first-year biology student
attending Cal State Northridge. “I think it’s really unfair that
their having a tuition increase because those who are struggling
financially to go to school will continue to struggle even
more.

This also gives students an excuse not to attend college as
well.”

Before you break you’re piggy banks, or auction off your Xbox,
there’s still a slight hope.

If Governor Jerry Brown’s temporary tax increases that are set
to expire July 1 are extended, tuition hikes could be avoided
altogether.

“It’s not fair,” said Jacqueline Ford, a first-year chemistry
student attending Cal State Dominguez Hills. “We’re the future, and
we have to pay for what the past has done.”

And just when you thought your summer was going to be filled
with fun under the good-old Calif. sun, tuition is going to be
burning a hole right through your pocket.

Yet another fee hike is bearing down

Illustration by Gary Grinkevich / The Poly Post

Yet another fee hike is bearing down

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