CSU considering tuition hike

By Kayla Anderson

The CSU system is considering another tuition increase for the 2018-2019 school year.

This proposal comes only one academic year after the last tuition increase but there hasn’t been a number released yet.

If approved, this will be the second hike in seven years.

“The potential tuition increase is contingent on whether or not the state will fully fund the CSU,” said CSU spokeswoman Elizabeth Chapin.

In November, the CSU requested $289.9 million in funds to keep the state schools in running order stated Chapin.

In January Governor Jerry Brown announced that $92.1 million would be given to the CSU for the 2018-2019 academic school year.

The CSU maintains that the proposition to raise the tuition was born out of necessity.

The tuition hike will be used in order to make up for the shortfall between the money requested and the money allotted.

The Cal State University system said that without the necessary funds, the quality of education and overall student experience provided by the university will diminish.

The CSU viewed the past 10 years as a time of growth and without the money requested, the University believes there will be a drop and or reversal in many aspects of student experience.

Insufficient funds could lead to a decline in student accessibility to resources, success rate and could limit degree attainment.

The amount given to the CSU is only 1.4 percent of the university’s entire operating budget.

The CSU Board of Trustees requested a larger budget to fund mandatory projects such as the university-wide Graduation Initiative 2025, enrollment growth, new and improved facilities and a better infrastructure the CSU system said in a press release.

“The 2018-2019 budget proposal from the governor’s office is both concerning and surprising,” said CSU Chancellor Timothy P. White in a press release.

Hundreds of thousands of students state-wide will undoubtedly be affected. However, for students who receive financial aid, the tuition increase will not affect them.

According to Chapin, most undergrad students in the CSU system don’t pay tuition.

Students who receive external financial aid and or scholarships will more than likely have to make up the deficit out of pocket.

Unfortunately, the CSU system does not have jurisdiction over private scholarships and aid to its students.

Students who are also financially affected are those who receive no type of financial aid or assistance.

“CSU students are in the precarious position of being held responsible for rapidly increasing mandatory costs that the state of California seems unwilling to fund from year to year,” said California State Student Association President Maggie White.

This point has lead to a rising dissatisfaction among the student body.

“I feel like I have no say in the matter,” said fourth-year Business Management student Jennifer Soles.

“They keep raising costs and I don’t think that’s right!” Soles said in protest of the possible rise in tuition.

The final tuition costs will be announced in May even though the final budget will not be announced until June. If the state decides to fully fund the CSU any additional tuition paid by students will be refunded.

Currently the CSU is advocating for sufficient funds in Sacramento.

CSU faculty, staff, students and other stakeholders are making a case on behalf of the CSU to increase the budget.

Chancellor White echoes this sentiment, promising to take every step he can to fight for an increased budget.

“Over the coming months, we will take every opportunity to reinforce to the governor, Department of Finance and legislature that additional investment in the California State University is an investment in California’s future.”

The tuition increase would not take affect until Fall 2018 if it is approved

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The tuition increase would not take affect until Fall 2018 if it is approved

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