Looming $200 million CSU cut hurts financial aidless

By Lizbeth Lopez |Staff Writer|

It seems just about every quarter you can log into MyCoyote and always find in bold red letters something like the following, “On July 12, 2011 the CSU Board of Trustees approved an additional twelve percent tuition fee increase effective Fall 2011 after a $650 million cut to the CSU system budget cut by the State of California.”

When will the tuition increases and CSU budget cuts stop?

What is Gov. Jerry Brown doing to assist offsetting these tuition fee increases?

According to the California State University Office of Public Affairs,  Brown wants to raise income taxes on high-income earners and increase the state sales taxes, estimating to generate approximately $7 billion a year in additional revenue.

If voters decide not to approve the measures, his budget proposal includes a series of other cuts that would go into effect.

According to The Daily Californian we can expect an additional $200 million cut to the CSU system , which represents almost 27,000 enrolled students.

It’s a domino effect that should be our primary concern because it all trickles down to students and taxpayers.

This issue primarily will affect those individuals who are caught in the middle, their household income not low enough to qualify for financial aid and California grants yet they don’t have enough to pay their tuition out of pocket.

Lidia Carrillo, a current business management student at CSUSB, is one of the many students that has had to take out loan after loan in order to pay for tuition.

She actually had to transfer from California University of Riverside to CSUSB because “tuition was too high at UCR but because of the fee increases the tuition here at CSUSB is about the same as a UC. I might as well transfer back,” she said.

Melissa Duran, a senior at CSUSB has started on a one person strike this winter quarter.

“I am not buying my textbook for any class because of the budget cuts and because I do not have $200 to pay for a new edition finance book,” Duran said.

Many other students have had to take on a second job while attending school full-time just to obtain a degree in hopes that it will increase job opportunities in a marketplace that has the highest unemployment rate in four years according to the LA Times.

Increasing sales tax is only slapping a temporary Band-Aid to the problem that will still affect millions of students and taxpayers.

The way that financial aid is disbursed should be closely managed and more than the necessary amount to pay for tuition and books should not be given.

According to CSU Public Affairs, it is a “CSU policy that one third of the revenue from the tuition fee increases will be returned to students as financial aid and the remaining tuition fee increase will partially offset the initial $500 million in cuts.”

There have been too many budget cuts to our education system making it difficult for our future generations that strive to succeed.

We need to cut back on other unnecessary funding and developments that are not urgent and focus in investing more on our education.

We cannot expect to renovate and fix our economy by forcing our population into an abyss of ignorance by watering down the education system because we’re low on cash.

The education of our youth is a long-term investment that will bring positive results for society in coming years.

Let us be critical about what is presented on the ballots and say no to cuts in education.

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