CSU Trustees Vote to Increase Tuition by 5%

By Marissa Mitchell

In spite of widespread protests from students and elected officials alike, on Wednesday the California State University Board of Trustees voted to raise tuition by another 5%, beginning next school year, to address the shortfall of state funding.

The vote was a close one: 11-8. Among those opposing the passing of this new measure were Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom, Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon, as well as the states schools superintendent Tom Torlakson, all of whom, it should be noted, formerly served on the board.

The Board of Trustees pass the following two amendments: 1) to rescind the hike in fees should enough state money be provided and 2) requiring reports over the next two years describing how the increased monies are spent.

Under this plan, the annual in-state tuition would increase from $5,472 to $5,742 – a total hike of $270. In addition, a similar increase is proposed for non-resident tuition, as well as increases in graduate, doctoral, and even teacher credential programs. This is estimated to generate $77.5 million in the 2017-18 school year.

Upon passage, CSU Chancellor Timothy White declared, “I don’t bring this forward with an ounce of joy. I bring it out of necessity.” The statement was accompanied with audience-wide booing.

Many students insist that they cannot afford their tuition fees as is, let alone a price increase, and many chanted, “The more we pay, the longer we stay.” Thus, students expressed it is only through working that they are able to obtain any money for schooling. Yet, to many board members, there seems to have been no other way of addressing deficits beyond their control.

Out-of-state UC students will pay the same increases in tuition and fees, along with another $1,332 jump in supplemental tuition, which will increase to $28,014. For non-resident students, the increase will be $1,668.