By Cherie Brower |Staff Writer|
Tuition hikes may be on the horizon for Cal State students.
A 12-member university leadership panel, appointed last year by CSU Chancellor Timothy White, recently concluded that state funding is no longer adequate for the growing university system.
Higher tuition fees have been deemed by the panel as an “appropriate” step to increase income.
“Enrollment demand continues to exceed capacity, which presents a dilemma for the CSU,” according to the panel report.
The panel’s proposal, which was outlined by the Los Angeles Times, would include a 2 percent annual tuition increase, in accordance to California inflation rates.
The 2 percent increase would cost students about $50 more per quarter, according to the LA Times.
The proposal would also call for market-based tuition rates for out-of-state students, allocation of funds to campuses (based upon student performance), and the ability for the CSU system to place eligible students in campuses that have not reached their enrollment limit, even if the campuses are not the students’ preferred choice.
A search for additional information regarding the placement of students failed to yield further details.
The LA Times informed that a “student facilities fee” may be included to pay for new buildings on CSU campuses.
The CSU system has not increased fees for students since 2011-12, when tuition was raised by 22 percent, according to the LA Times.
“Both Cal State and UC have long argued that extended periods without tuition hikes are not sustainable because of inflationary increases in such areas as healthcare, energy, salaries and pensions.”
In the month of July, the San Diego Union-Tribune reported that the CSU system extended a 2 percent salary raise to all university presidents and top administrators.
This was, according to the LA Times, due in part to the enrollment of a larger body of students, and the additional $216.6 million received by taxpayers to fund larger classes.
Per the Press Telegram, CSUSB President Tomás Morales’ salary would have been raised from $299,570 to $335,141, after the two percent salary increase.
Concern regarding the proposed tuition increase has been expressed by CSU students.
Student Mary Bocanegra stated, “With the expenses of tuition rising, it’s definitely going to be hard for students to get the classes they actually need for the careers they want.”
The concern of rising fees not only affects current CSU students, but future students who are looking to further themselves through classes.
Josh Chavez, who would like to transfer to one of the CSU campuses shortly said, “I think that funding should come from somewhere else, rather than students’ pockets.”
“As it is, we [students] spend our last-dying dollar in an attempt to afford an education,” continued Chavez.
The proposal, is still in draft stage is scheduled to be discussed by the Board of Trustees at the next CSU board meeting, which will be held on November 17 and 18.