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Cal State trustees approve two-step tuition increase

November 10, 2010 | 10:56 am
The California State University Board of Trustees has approved a 15% hike in undergraduate tuition, arguing that the action was an essential step to provide access to the Cal State system by more students. 

Dozens of protesters, including some faculty, staff and students from several of the university's 23 campuses, protested outside the trustees' meeting in Long Beach, hoisting colorful balloons and signs. 

Inside, students asked trustees to reject the fee hike, saying it placed an unfair financial burden on their shoulders, coming on top of a 5% hike this fall and a 32% fee increase last year. 

The two-step increase will raise undergraduate fees 5%: $105 for the rest of the school year, and an additional 10% -- or about $440 -- for next year. 

The fees will raise an additional $27 million this year and $121.5 million next year.

Trustees and several Cal State university presidents said the new revenue was essential to maintain the quality of education, add classes and increase enrollment in the face of reduced state support in previous years.

-- Carla Rivera in Long Beach

Photo: California State trustee William Hauck, center, during a meeting to vote on raising tuition at California State University. Credit: Katie Falkenberg / For The Times