California State University trustees weigh tuition increase
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — California State University trustees are considering raising tuition for the second straight year, a move officials said Tuesday would be a last resort if the state does not chip in more funding for the country’s largest university system.
Gov. Jerry Brown’s proposed state budget allocates a fraction of what the system’s 23 campuses need to maintain their quality of education at a time of record-high enrollment, university officials told the trustees at a meeting in Long Beach.
“Our top priority is to seek additional state funding,” CSU Assistant Vice Chancellor for Budget Ryan Storm said. If that fails, trustees will have to consider several unpopular options including reducing enrollment, cutting programs or increasing tuition, he said.
“These are not strategies we want to pursue, they are not desirable but they may be necessary to balance our budget,” said Executive Vice Chancellor and Chief Financial Officer Steve Relyea.
The proposal being considered would raise tuition for California students by $228 in 201819, bringing the annual cost of undergraduate tuition to $5,970. Tuition for in-state graduate students would increase $432, bringing the annual total to $7,608.
A similar increase was approved in the previous academic year, the first since 2011.