Daily Report: Higher Ed
July 6, 2011 | Erica Perez

All but one of the California State University campuses are on a new list produced by the U.S. Department of Education showing colleges with the fastest-rising tuition and fees – and those campuses will have to submit reports to the federal government explaining the rapid increase.

A set of 54 new lists released last week by the Department of Education shows which colleges have the highest and lowest tuition and “average net price” – the average price paid by full-time students after figuring in grants and scholarships. The lists also show which colleges have the fastest-rising tuition and net price.

Colleges where prices are rising at the fastest rate will be required to report why costs have gone up and what the institution will do to address them.

The department had to create the lists as part of the Higher Education Opportunity Act of 2008, according to a press release. The idea is that students can use the lists to compare costs at similar types of schools. The 54 lists are divided by sector, such as private, four-year universities or public two-year institutions.

So, for example, every CSU campus except Sonoma State University was in the top 5 percent of public four-year universities that raised tuition and fees at the highest rate from 2007-08 to 2009-10.

Tuition increases in that period ranged from 35 percent at Humboldt State University (from $3,843 to $5,171) to 47 percent at San Diego State University’s Imperial Valley Campus (from $2,906 to $4,260).

CSU spokesman Mike Uhlenkamp said that during the period examined by the federal government, the university saw a cut of a little more than $600 million in state funding. That caused CSU schools to ask students to make up some of that lost revenue. He said a CSU education is still a comparatively good deal.

“If you look at where we started from, we’ve always been on the low side,” he said. “We’re still extremely affordable, even after the tuition increases we’ve gone through, when compared to the institutions we’re compared with.”

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