The California State University system may raise student fees by 10 percent next semester. Chairman Herb Carter told the Chronicle that CSU trustees may go against staff recommendations — raising fees by 5 percent — to make sure that tuition won’t have to be raised a second time this year.
Last summer the CSU system increased tuition twice in a row (10 percent in May, then 20 percent July) and a lawsuit followed. Donselman vs. CSU is in the works, claiming the school system pulled a “bait-and-switch” on tuition costs.
Trustees will vote on the increase in Long Beach on this Friday, June 18. The 5 percent increase will add over $200 to tuition ($4,230) while the 10 percent increase will add over $400 ($4,429). Just two years ago CSU tuition was only $2,772.
Will that extra couple hundred dollars actually affect students?
Nick Arce, a journalism student at SFSU, says any extra fees hurt.
“A couple hundred bucks, that’s books and groceries. These things add up. We’re already paying more for less education.”