California State University tuition jumps 12%

  • PC: Elizabeth Philips, right, a senior in high school in San Diego, walks with her parents William and Mary as they come out of the Jean and Charles Schulz Library while tourning the Sonoma State University campus in Rohnert Park.

    9/30/2001: 12: Visitors stroll outside the Jean and Charles Schulz Information Center on the campus of Sonoma State University in Rohnert Park.

Anthony Gallino found out Tuesday that he will have to earn a paycheck this fall in addition to attending Sonoma State University.

"Last year, I didn't need a job," said Gallino, who will be entering his second year at SSU. "This year, without question, I will need to have a job."

That realization came after Tuesday's decision by California State University trustees to raise tuition by 12 percent at each of the system's 23 campuses.

That comes on top of a 10 percent tuition hike approved in November.

The result is that Gallino's basic tuition bill charged to all CSU students will rise by $1,030, from the $4,440 he paid in school year that just ended to $5,470 starting in the fall.

The latest increase, amounting to $588 a year, takes effect in the fall semester and bumps yearly CSU's basic tuition to $5,472, an amount that does not include campus fees or room and board.

The increase will prevent further cuts, said SSU President Ruben Armi?na, but many more students will need to "become more aware" of financial aid assistance and other, private scholarships.

CSU Chancellor Charles Reed said the 12 percent was forced by the state budget, which cut $650 million from CSU's funding.

"The enormous reduction to our state funding has left us with no other choice if we are to maintain quality and access to the CSU," Reed said in a statement.

Also, the University of California Board of Regents is expected to raise tuition Thursday by nearly 10 percent, or more than $1,000 a year.

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