By Chloe Saunders
The California State University Board of Trustees approved tuition increases for the first time since 2011 and will be implemented during the upcoming fall quarter.
For resident undergraduate students, there will be an increase by $270, which will generate $77.5 million in net revenue for student success initiatives. This fall, the annual tuition rate will increase to $5,742 for full-time undergraduate students.
The raise in tuition will aid in student success and graduation rates because it will allow for more faculty, courses, advisors and other resources, according to Steve Relyea, CSU executive vice chancellor and chief financial officer.
Relyea also stated that the increase was taken seriously and that the university will ensure students with the most financial assistance will not be strained by this decision.
More than 60 percent of all CSU undergraduate students receive aid to cover the full cost of their tuition.
The financial aid results in more than 255,000 students not paying tuition, but the financialincrease will not have a financial effect on the them.
The distribution of financial aid was more than $4 billion dollars during the 2015-16 school year and 80 percent of CSU students received some form of this financial aid.
Some of the revenue generated will go towards student achievement efforts, such as the Graduation Initiative 2025. According to the CSU website, this initiative was developed to allow CSU campuses to double their four-year graduation rates along with eliminating the equity gaps for low-income or underserved students.
California is currently falling more than one million bachelor’s degrees short for the need of the upcoming work force. The Graduation Initiative 2025 helps the CSU campuses graduate an additional 500,000 students during the next decade.
The CSU website also stated that during the last two and a half decades, the state support for each student has declined, while the demands continue to drive upwards. The state support per student is below by thousands of dollars when compared to levels in the 1990s.
News sources, such as the Los Angeles Times, the Orange County Register and many local broadcaststations, all reported that throughout the CSU campuses students are protesting against the increase.
As of now, the tuition increase remains and will begin in the fall, unless the state fully funds the CSU Trustees budget request.
Eviana Vergara / The Poly Post
The new increase will take effect in fall quarter 2017
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