By Kayla Anderson
Associated Students, Inc. is considering options to push back against the five percent tuition increase approved by California State University trustees in March.
ASI will discuss the trustees’ action in a meeting today.
“The state needs to do more to ensure that students do not bear the financial burden of the escalating costs of pursuing a college degree, some of which are the product of external pressures placed on the CSU system,” ASI Vice President Gabriel Smith said Saturday.
CSU students from campuses all over California have shown their disdain with the tuition hike by protesting and rallying against the raise in tuition. These students, like so may others, urge the California legislators to reexamine their budget for the CSU system.
ASI has taken a strong stance against the raise in college costs. They commend the CSU students who protested.
ASI is not taking this situation lightly and plans to take action on behalf of the student body.
“Moving forward, we intend to partner with the Board of Trustees members who voted “no” on the increase and with statewide academic senate representatives and meet with the leadership of the state legislature to advocate for a fully funded CSU,” Smith said.
The tuition increase will take effect for the 2017-18 academic year. Students are concerned about how the increase in tuition will impact them.
For students who receive state waivers, Cal Grants and State University Grants, the tuition increase will not affect their aid. The financial assistance received from the state is going to be covered under the new tuition cost.
While more than 62 percent of CSU students receive some form of financial assistance, those who are paying for their educations and taking out loans fear the financial burden of an increased tuition.
“My mom pays out of pocket for my tuition, which makes it harder for her to be able to pay for me to go to college,” said second-year agricultural science student Mia Russell.
Russell also acknowledges that working students will face an increased financial burden.
“I know people who have to work, so those students will have to give up time they could be spending getting better grades and work it instead,” said Russell.
One such working student is fifth-year engineering student Cortney Nakahira. She expressed that having to pay more for tuition when she is working a minimum wage job is going to contribute to her stress levels.
“Shoot me in the face with the tuition increase and my minimum wage job!” exclaimed Nakahira.
Although the tuition increase has been met with much resistance, the outcome may prove to be advantageous.
The tuition increase has the potential to generate up to $77.5 million in net revenue, a portion of which would be set aside for financial assistance.
The tuition increase will enable the CSU system to offer more courses, more academic resources and more faculty and staff.
In addition to the possible benefits of the tuition hike, students may find hope in the fact that Governor Jerry Brown will be revising the budget. There is a possibility that Brown will allocate more money to the CSU system, effectively eliminating the need for the increase in tuition.
In such a case, the CSU system would not need to take action and would probably rescind the tuition increase altogether. Currently, no final decisions have been made in that respect and the tuition increase is set to be implemented starting fall quarter 2017.
Governor Jerry Brown will release his revisions to the budget in May.
Eviana Vergara / The Poly Post
More than 62 percent of CSU students receive some form of financial assistance
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