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Cal State trustees committee approves fee hike; full board votes Wednesday

November 9, 2010 |  5:33 pm

A California State University proposal to raise undergraduate tuition 15% by next fall was approved Tuesday by a key committee of the Board of Trustees.

If approved by the full board Wednesday, the two-step increase would boost undergraduate fees 5% -- $105 -- for the rest of this school year and an additional 10% -- about $440 -- for next year. Basic full-time undergraduate tuition next year would rise to $4,884, in addition to campus fees that average about $1,000.

Several speakers urged committee members to reject the tuition hike, and students are expected to protest at Wednesday’s board meeting in Long Beach. But officials said the actions were forced by large cuts in state funding and bleak predictions of little change next year.

The proposed fee increases would raise an additional $27 million in revenue this year and $121.5 million next year, which would be used to add class sections and restore services such as library and counseling hours, said Robert Turnage, assistant vice chancellor for budget. Trustees already increased fees 5% this fall.

Cal State’s proposed budget for 2011-12 asks the Legislature to "buy out" next year’s fee increase. But that’s uncertain given the state’s precarious financial situation.

The 23-campus system, with about 433,000 students, received a recent boost in state funding of $260 million from the previous year as well as about $106 million in one-time federal stimulus money. It is moving to increase enrollment by about 30,000 students.

-- Carla Rivera

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