Tuition hike proposal to be examined

By Kayla Anderson

Deliberations for the CSU-wide tuition hike are currently underway for the California State University system, which proposed a tuition increase for the first time in six years.

An increase in tuition would not exceed $270 annually for resident students. The increase in tuition could generate up to $77.5 million of net revenue according to CSU spokesperson Elizabeth Chapin.

The CSU trustees will make their final decision during their March meeting.

The tuition hike was first suggested in November when the CSU trustees met to discuss the budget for the 2017-18 school year.

The tuition increase was proposed because the CSU due to an influx of students. According to representatives, the expansion of the student body across all CSU campuses has become too financially demanding.

The strain on internal and external resources and a lack of full-time faculty members caused the CSU system to request a larger budget.

California Gov. Jerry Brown’s budget proposal designated less than half of the amount of money the CSU system requested for the 2017-18 school year.

In January, the CSU trustees held another meeting about the proposed tuition increase. According to Chapin, the CSU system requested an additional $324.9 million in state funding to ensure that the value of public education in California is not compromised by insufficient resources.

The additional money requested would go toward enriching the experience of students and faculty alike with necessities such as more courses, academic resources and additional full-time faculty.

A sizable amount of money will be set aside to benefit students more directly.

“One third of this revenue would be set aside for student financial aid,” stated Chapin. “More than 62 percent of students have their tuition fully covered by grants or waivers, which do not need to be repaid.”

For students with private and external scholarships and aid, the future is not so clear. The CSU system has no say in how these programs will allocate their money.

Students who do not receive state sponsored grants and scholarships are concerned about making enough money to pay for an increase in tuition.

“Obviously I’m not going to like it if I have to pay it,” said third-year philosophy student Jamie Benavidez. “I’ll have to pay more and work more hours to make sure I have enough money to pay for it.”

Some students are in agreement with the decision to raise the tuition but are not looking forward to the prospect of having to pay more for their education.

“It’s not super good, but I think it’s a good idea even though it’s kind of high right now,” said third-year business student Natalia Schirzhetskaya. “I think it’s fine now, I don’t think they should change it.”

CSU leaders and many of its students are hopeful that such a decision doesn’t have to come into effect.

The trustees and CSU leaders are working hard to try and get increased funding for California’s state schools.

The state budget will not be finalized until June, so there is still time to advocate for increased funding for the CSU system.

It can be accomplished by CSU leaders, faculty and students to advocate for increased funding in Sacramento before a decision is made.

If California grants the CSU system the required funds to fill the gap between the money allotted and the money required, students’ tuition will reflect that decision.

The tuition increase would be lessened or abolished in this case.

If it is after students already paid their tuition and fees, they would be refunded or credited for the money owed.

An increase in tuition would not exceed $270 annually for resident students

Kayla Anderson / The Poly Post

An increase in tuition would not exceed $270 annually for resident students

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