California State University will not increase tuition in 2018

Ruben Hill
April 21, 2018

California State University (CSU) tuition will neither increase or decrease for the 2018-2019 school year, according a news release by Fresno State President Dr. Joseph Castro.

In March, the University of California's governing board approved a tuition increase for out-of-state undergraduate students of 3.5 percent, or $978 a year, starting in the 2018-19 school year.

CSU says its system is retraining, graduating and enrolling students at record levels.

White told The Associated Press that CSU will continue to press the state Legislature for increased funding, but will not put more financial burden on students.

White also advocated for the state of California as a whole to fund the CSU system.

"We will continue to make the case to lawmakers, who represent all Californians, that an educated citizenry should be at the top of the state's highest priorities", White said.

The Legislature has been more sympathetic to CSU's requests, particularly because the system now has to turn away about 30,000 qualified students each year for lack of space. However, Gov. Jerry Brown's budget proposal included an increase of only $92.1 million, leaving a $171 million gap. Maintaining that trajectory - which enables California's future - without sufficient additional funding is not possible.

Key to California's success is sufficiently funding the CSU.

Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon, an ex officio member of the CSU Trustees, said it was good news for California students and for the state's economy which needs a diverse and educated workforce. Students have been speaking out against the possibility of the cost of tuition and program fees going up, hosting a press conference in protest in February and then heading to the state Capitol.

The Governor's Budget Spokesperson, H.D. Palmer, released a statement about the funding situation.

Half of its students transfer from California Community Colleges.

In January, it voted to postpone the vote to increase tuition for in-state residents until May in order to see how state budget discussions shake out. The university said it needs the money to add courses, hire more faculty and expand academic support services as part of an ongoing initiative to improve graduation rates, as well as to cover employee raises and upgrade buildings.

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