Assemblywoman Quirk-Silva Continues to Challenge CSU Trustees on Tuition Increase for 2018-2019 Academic Year
ORANGE COUNTY - Last week, in accordance with the Working Families Student Fee Transparency and Accountability Act, the California State Student Association (CSSA) Executive Board received communication from the Chancellor’s Office regarding a possible tuition increase proposal for the 2018-2019 academic year.
“It is my belief that funding our systems of higher education should not be done on the backs of students and their families. For this reason, I oppose a tuition increase which would continue to put a burden on low-income and middle-class families,” said Quirk-Silva.
The proposed increase is $228 per year ($114 per semester) for in-state, full-time undergraduate students. Amounts will be larger for out-of-state, credential, or graduate students. The proposal is set to be voted on by the Cal State University (CSU) Board of Trustees at their March meeting. If passed, it would be implemented for Fall 2018. This comes after a tuition increase for the 2017-2018 academic year, in which the Board of Trustees raised tuition by hundreds of dollars for the 23 CSU campuses across the state.
“Our economy, and the quality of life in California have been built in large part because we have had such a large, accessible public higher education system,” said Quirk-Silva. “So, I will again ask that the Board of Trustee members reconsider the way in which we fund higher education because we have to make sure we are assisting as many students as possible with the least amount of debt possible.”