CSU confirms no tuition hike for next school year

Officials from the California State University system announced Friday that a tuition increase would not go into effect for the 2018-19 school year. Since November, the CSU Board of Trustees have been discussing a potential tuition hike to compensate for systemwide financial shortfalls from the state budget. Representatives attribute the state’s healthy economy as a primary reason to keep tuition as it stands. “In light of California’s strong economy, California’s students and their families should not be saddled with additional financial burden to attain public higher education,” said CSU Chancellor Timothy P. White in a press release. “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.” Jocelyn Espitia, a junior computer science major, said she was initially worried about the potential increase.   "I think that's great [that there won’t be an increase]," Espitia said. "Having that extra burden, even if it's just $200, it really adds up." Douglas Domingo-Foraste, Long Beach chapter president of the California Faculty Association, sympathized with students facing financial hardships. “You can't do well in school if you can't afford the gas to get here or the

Students for Quality Education rally at CSU Board of Trustees meeting to fight tuition hike

Over 30 students and faculty congregated around the doors of the California State University Chancellor’s Office in Long Beach Tuesday morning. As the crowd waited for the Board of Trustees meeting to begin, they stood in solidarity against the latest tuition hike. While it will be another two months of deliberation before the board officially votes on the proposed $288 increase, members of the California Faculty Association and Students for Quality Education were present not only to protest the increase but to offer a proposition to the trustees during the public comments section of the meeting — to ask California legislatures to increase funding. “We're here to express our concerns and to ask for them is to join us April 4,” said Courtney Yamagiwa, an organizer for the student group and Cal State Long Beach senior double majoring in consumer affairs and German studies. The group has organized an action in Sacramento to ask members of the legislature to give more funding in state universities. According to Elizabeth Chapin, manager of public affairs for the Office of the Chancellor, the trustees requested an additional $263 million in state funding for the 2018-19 school year. Since Governor Jerry Brown only approved

By | 2018-03-21T19:24:35-07:00 Mar 21, 2018 | 11:25 am|Categories: Campus, CSU, Long Beach, News, Showcase, Today|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

ASI continues to fight against the tuition increase at CSULB

Associated Students Inc. President Joe Nino confirmed Wednesday the vote for tuition increase conducted by the Cal State University Board of Trustees will be postponed until May. The decision will be made the week before spring finals and Nino encouraged the senators to get ahead on their studying so they can make it down to fight the increase. “It is important that you guys voice your concerns and fight for affordable higher education,” Nino said. Nino announced that Chancellor Timothy White’s claim that the university did not have the “resources to take care of our faculty, staff and regular business operations” due to the state’s contribution being only $92 million as opposed to the $102 million expectation. Raising tuition was the solution the Cal State Board of Trustees came up with. They have not made much progress on finding other alternatives to the increase. One alternative to the tuition increase was for White and Cal State Long Beach president, Jane Close Conoley, to take a pay cut. White declined and said he took a pay cut in 2012 and is not willing to take another one. In a Sept. 19 meeting, the Board of Trustees voted to give all executive

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Tuition increase still not enough for CSU budget needs

The California State University Board of Trustees voted on March 22 to increase tuition by 5 percent, but the tuition increase won’t entirely fix the support budget shortfall; the CSU still needs over $90 million of additional funding from the state. While students will be paying more, there is no guarantee that the state will provide funding for the rest of the deficit. The approval to charge students an additional $270-438 annually, based on graduate level, in tuition will only cover less than half the total amount of the $167.7 million shortcoming, according to data given to the Daily 49er by Ted Kadowaki, associate vice president of budget and university services. In November, the CSU submitted its budget request of $343.7 million of additional funding for the 2017-18 year to the state of California and in January, Gov. Jerry Brown released his proposed state budget and gave the CSU $157.2 million of additional funding. If this is all the CSU gets, it will need to use that for compensation for existing faculty and staff contracts and mandatory cost increases for healthcare and other benefits, which cost $139.1 million and $26 million, respectively. “That means we have no money at all

Students, you down with O.P.P.?

Associated Students, Inc.’s new Senate Resolution 2017-17 tries to put pressure on the California State University Board of Trustees to “freeze initiatives and the tuition increase for three to five years.” ASI Senator-at-large Daniel Gomez introduced the resolution, dubbed Opposing Payment Peaks, on Wednesday. “A portion of the resolution is for the ASI board of directors to urge the CSU BOT to stop the graduate initiative for 2025,” said ASI Senator-at-large Hilda Jurado. “The Board of Trustees should reevaluate the priorities of where they’re spending their money.” One of the initiatives the BOT is pushing is the Graduation Initiative 2025, a plan to “improve six-year completion rates and halve achievement gaps” by establishing “new campus and system targets for 2025.” Gomez cites Proposition 13 as one of the main reasons the university is stuck in the tuition-increase conflict. In the late 1970s, Californians passed the proposition in favor of low property tax rates. As a result, higher education lost funding as the state relied previously on property tax for funding. The resolution began with frustrations with the CSU Board of Trustees. ASI officials spoke with Assemblyperson Anthony Rendon to “put pressure on the CSU BOT to freeze the tuition increase,”