In the Feb. 6 edition of the Coyote Chronicle, staff writer Liz Lopez encouraged students to vote no on a referendum that increases CSUSB tuition in order to fund services used by a small portion of the student population. Polls were open Feb. 29–March 1.
Approximately 1,000 votes determined the fate of a tuition fee increase affecting over 17,500 CSUSB students.
A difference of eight votes (501 yes, 493 no) passed the referendum to increase student fees. Beginning Fall 2012, all registered CSUSB students will pay an additional $14 per quarter.
The increase will generate a quarterly revenue of around $250,000 which is intended to “provide funding for the CSUSB Children’s Center, President’s Academic Excellence Scholarships, Student Research and Travel, Associated Students, Inc. (ASI) Scholarships, Athletic Scholarships and ASI programs and services to enrich the college experience for CSUSB students,” according to Joe Gutierrez, assistant director of public affairs.
The results of the election was deemed too close to be able to determine a definite outcome and a recount took place March 9 in which a review group made up of multiple interested parties from both sides certified the vote.