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Cal State Students Face Another Tuition Increase

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By BVN Staff –

Bad news for Cal State students, they’re facing yet another tuition hike In 2012.

University Trustees met in Long Beach this week to consider a proposal to boost fees by almost $500 dollars if the state doesn’t come up with more funding.

After seeing its state funding cut by $650 million this year CSU Chancellor Charles Reed says the University needs $138 million in funding restored to spare students what would be the ninth tuition hike in nine years.

“We’re putting this tuition increase in place for the fall in case the state fails to come up with adequate funding in next year’s budget,” said Reed.

The 9 percent increase would bring annual Cal State tuition to just under $6,000. That’s up from $1600 a decade ago.

Reed said this year’s operating budget is the same as it was in 1998 even though the University system has 70 thousand more students. He said this year’s budget could give the CSU another $100 million dollar trigger cut because state revenues are coming in well below projections. If so Reed says the University will all but empty it’s reserves Demonstrations over the fee hike took place at several Cal State campuses including San Bernardino, Los Angeles, Fullerton, Northridge and Dominguez Hills.

Meantime University of California officials have yet to reschedule a meeting that was cancelled this week over fears of violence. The UC Board was suppose to gather in San Francisco this week for its regular bi-monthly meeting.

Student organizers had planned to bus in some one thousand protesters to voice their opposition to state budget cuts and the handling of student’s demands to hold the line on tuition hikes.

University officials nixed the meeting after receiving what they called credible threats of violence.

AT PRESS TIME: Cal State voted to increase the tuition 9% for 2012.

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