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College fees to keep rising

Students at Sonoma State University, who already are facing a 10 percent tuition hike this fall, are going to be hit with another increase, now proposed at 12 percent.

The second tuition hike, which also is coming to the UC system, results from a $150-million funding reduction in higher education outlined in the state budget signed last week by Gov. Jerry Brown.

"There will be reductions throughout the institution," said SSU chief financial officer Larry Furukawa-Schlereth.

The decisions are expected within two weeks, and reflect earlier warnings by university officials that tuition would rise again if the Legislature could not agree on asking voters to extend sales tax and vehicle fee increases that expired Friday.

The CSU Board of Trustees meets July 12 in Long Beach, and Chancellor Charles Reed is recommending an additional 12 percent tuition increase.

That would come on top of the 10 percent hike approved by trustees in March that brought the annual CSU tuition to $4,884 from $4,440.

University of California administrators confirmed Saturday that they will seek a 9.6 percent tuition hike on top of an 8 percent increase already scheduled to take effect this fall.

That would mean undergraduate tuition for California residents would rise to more than $12,200, not including room, board and other campus-based fees. That's an increase of about $1,920 over this year's tuition.

The hike will come before UC regents when they meet July 12-14 in San Francisco.

"We reported to the regents in May that if we were to receive additional cuts beyond $500 million, we would have to offset those cuts with a dollar-for-dollar tuition increase," Patrick Lenz, UC's vice president for budget and capital resources, said in a statement.


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