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Cal State plans 9% tuition hike unless state boosts funding

Photo: Students make their way on the campus of California State University Northridge. Credit: Mel Melcon / Los Angeles TimesCalifornia State University is proposing to raise undergraduate tuition by 9% next fall unless the state increases funding for enrollment growth, student services and other costs.

The proposal is included in a budget request that seeks $397 million in increased funding for the 2012-2013 school year. The Board of Trustees is scheduled to consider the plan next week at a meeting in Long Beach.

The tuition hike would translate to an additional $498 for full-time undergraduates, raising total annual tuition to $5,970 from $5,472. With average mandatory campus fees of $1,047, the annual cost for undergrads would rise to $7,017, not including room, board or books.

The tuition increase would raise about $138 million and would be avoided if the state grants the university’s full funding request, officials said.


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Photo: Students on the campus at Cal State Northridge

Credit: Mel Melcon / Los Angeles Times

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