Cal State to vote on proposed 9% tuition hike
A big turnout of students and labor activists protesting education cuts and rising student fees was expected Wednesday in Long Beach, where California State University trustees are voting on a proposed 9% annual tuition increase next fall.
Cal State leaders said the tuition increase is needed unless the state boosts funding for the university.
Trustees are being asked to approve a budget for 2012-13 that includes a general fund increase of $333 million, including $138 million to buy out a tuition increase.
The funds would be used to restore student access, course sections and student services. If funding is not provided, tuition would increase $498 for full-time undergraduates to $5,970, not including campus-based fees.
The protest group ReFund California, a coalition of students, teachers and community members, was scheduled to march to financial institutions along Ocean Avenue after the vote, ending at a rally at Wells Fargo.
About 50 protesters were outside Wednesday morning, chanting "Whose university, our university," and "Let us in." Many held signs that read, "Make banks pay."
-- Carla Rivera