The California Faculty Association will be rallying students, faculty and staff from all Cal State University campuses to the state capitol to protest tuition hikes among other items.

Most CSU campuses will offer transportation to the protest that will take place on April 4.

With a gubernatorial election this fall, the protest aims to put pressure on legislature who are up for re-election and to send a message to the new governor.

“They need to feel that pressure and that weight and see the numbers of people who are behind that ask,” said CFA President Jennifer Eagan in a conference call.

Members of the CSU system with gather together at Sacramento to protest rises in tuition. (Courtesy of Pixabay)

Earlier this year, Gov. Brown announced the CSU would receive 92.1 million dollars of the 263 million requested by the CSU Board of Trustees for the 2018-2019 fiscal year.

In response, the board of trustees are considering increasing tuition a year removed from the last tuition increase.

Last week, the board of trustees further discussed tuition They encouraged putting pressure on the governor and elected officials to increase the amount money being funded into the CSU system.

They also discussed limiting the number of accepted high school graduates to the top third.

Re-investing in the CSU system is another issue the protest hopes to address.

According to Eagan, about 10 years ago, the CSU’s turned away approximately 6,000 qualified students.

Last year, the CSU turned away 30,000 qualified applicants according to Eagan.

During the years of economic downturn, the state refused to fund the CSU system because of insufficient funds.

Now, there is approximately seven billion dollars in surplus for the next fiscal year and the state government fails to fund the CSU System adequately.

“We all agree that the governor’s version of the budget that he put out in January is woefully inadequate,” said Eagan.

The CFA is calling for 422 million to fund the CSU system.

The goal is to reduce the number of qualified applicants that the CSU campuses turns away and for a more affordable tuition for current students.

The 422-million-dollar budget would allow a five percent increase in enrollment which translates to about 18,000 students.

Another issue the protests hopes to face is ending racism and discrimination.

The CSU system received enough funding to cover most of the cost for qualified students when white students comprised 70 percent of the student body.

Those numbers are reversed now as about 70 percent are students of color.

“We think it’s the states government responsibility to treat today’s students as just important and worthy as students were in the past,” said Eagan.

For more information on the protest visit the CFA website.

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