By Kelley Puente Staff Writer
Created: 09/16/2012 06:09:06 PM PDT
LONG BEACH – The Cal State University Board of Trustees this week will consider yet another hike in student tuition and other budget solutions in anticipation of a $250 million loss in state funding.
In a series of meetings on Tuesday and Wednesday at the Chancellor’s Office in Long Beach, trustees are expected to discuss and vote on a possible 5 percent tuition hike effective in January.
The 23-campus Cal State University system, which serves more than 400,000 students, is anticipating a $250 million “trigger” cut in state funding if voters fail to pass Gov. Jerry Brown’s November tax initiative to fund public education. The CSU has lost nearly $1 billion in state funding, about 39 percent, since the 2007-2008 year, putting funding at historically low levels.
The increase in tuition would amount to an extra $150 a semester for full-time undergraduates and would generate about $116 million in annual revenue. Nonresident students could see a 7 percent hike in tuition, which would generate about $9 million in additional revenue for the 2013-2014 year.
The CSU has raised tuition by 23 percent in recent years, spurring a string of student protests across California. In November 2011, trustees approved a 9 percent tuition hike, bumping the annual cost of tuition to $5,970 per semester for the 2012-13 year. Campus-specific fees typically average another $1,047.
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