Cal­i­for­nia State Univer­sity trustees weigh tu­ition in­crease

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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.

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