The rise of tuition at CSUSB and other CSU schools by 270 dollars for undergraduate students has been generating some negative buzz among students, but has officials pointing to the positive aspects.
The decision was made by the Board of Trustees on March 22, 2017, and was the first tuition increase in seven years.
Many of the students that attend CSUSB are receiving financial aid and do not pay out of the pocket for classes, but that isn’t always the case.
Some students are paying for school with their own money, or, with student loans because they do not meet the requirements to receive grants. Financial burdens can sometimes add more stress to a person, especially when they’re enrolled in college.
“Before I started my first quarter at CSUSB, I was hesitant about taking out school loans,” said CSUSB Junior James Johnson. “I wasn’t able to receive more than one grant and I knew that the only other option was to use student loans. I did not want to spend years having to pay for it and be in debt.”
CSU Spokesperson Elizabeth Chaplin explains the decision to increase tuition.
“Tuition was increased because the state did not fully fund the CSU’s budget request,” said Chaplin. “The CSU’s operating budget has two funding sources: the state general fund and tuition. Over the last two-and-a-half decades, state support per student for the CSU has declined while enrollment demands have dramatically increased.”
One of the high points Chaplin brings up is that it will benefit the students who are a part of household income.
“The net revenue is one third and it is set aside for student financial aid.”
Chaplin states that part of the tuition increase will go towards hiring more faculty and adding more courses to the curriculum; however, there is direct statement that addresses that the tuition increases have to be spent on such or if a certain amount of the increase has to be dedicated towards academic advancements and not faculty or board-members salaries.
“The tuition increase will go to the students’ success. Campuses will hire approximately 400 faculty members and an additional 3,000 courses,” said Chaplin.
No word which CSU campuses will benefit from these increase. There are 23 CSU campuses and if the estimated 400 faculty members are divvied up evenly, each campus will get around 17 additional members.
The increase of tuition has come as a shock to some students because they haven’t experienced it throughout their time at CSUSB. This is the first increase in seven years.
The increase took undergraduate annual tuition from 5,472 dollars to 5,742 dollars.
For various reasons, some students aren’t fortunate enough to receive financial aid and the tuition increase can affect them in a major way. Not only does it affect the class fees, but it also makes the price of student parking go up.
“The tuition increase has been rough,” said CSUSB senior Genevieve Gonzalez. “It made it even harder to afford classes as well as everything else that comes with being in school. That includes paying for parking passes, which have also increased.”
The increased fees can also affect how many units a student takes each quarter; and with CSUSB transitioning to the semester system, students will be hassled with a greater financial burden.
“I haven’t had to take fewer units due to financial aid, but I did contemplate doing so or taking a whole quarter off,” revealed Gonzalez.
Someone not knowing how they will be able to pay for their classes can cause stress emotionally and mentally.
“Other than my financial aid, the tuition increase caused a lot of stress on me because I wasn’t sure what was going to happen–if I would be able to come up with the money or not,” stated Gonzalez.
There are both positive and negative effects when it comes to the tuition hike and at this moment, it benefits some more than others. It is in the hope that the financial situation will benefit more students, so they can worry less about their finances and can continue with their college careers at ease.