Proposed CSU Tuition Hike faces opposition

Students protested March 1 at CSU Long Beach, CSU Chico, San Jose State, and Humboldt State in opposition to the proposed 5% tuition increase.

At CSU Long Beach, a march on campus was organized by Students for Quality Education.  Norberto Lopez, a senior in Sociology and Chicano & Latino Studies, said:

“A tuition increase isn’t something that’s simple to handle for folks, unless you have money. Even if you do receive federal or state financial aid, it still isn’t enough. Rent goes up, food [costs] go up, so it isn’t just a $270 increase. That’s the point we’re trying to get across…”

At San Jose State, Movimiento Estudiantil Chicano de Aztlán (MEChA) and other campus groups joined forces with Students for Quality Education to stage a “walkout and rally.”

San Jose CFA Chapter President Preston Rudy told the rally, “California’s success was built on a publicly-funded, high-quality university system. That success is at risk because California has turned your education into a commodity, sold like a store-bought pizza.”

He added, “The faculty join you in pushing for California to restore its promise. Raise the money to fully fund the CSU, and abandon plans to increase the individual tuition charge.”

Lupe Romero of MEChA referred to the Trustees meeting at the CSU Chancellor’s Office on Golden Shore in Long Beach when she told a rally crowd, “There’s a big distance between the places where decisions are made and the people that are supposed to be represented at those places.”

Noting the CSU Trustees are slated to vote on tuition at their meeting March 21-22, SQE member and sociology senior Ryan Eckford said, “It’s really great to show your support at protests and rallies. But at the end of the day, we need to influence the decision makers because they’re the ones with the power.”

Students plan to be at the meeting in person to speak against an additional $270 in tuition costs for undergraduate students, $312 for credential students and $438 for graduate students on all 23 CSU campuses. The meeting will stream live on the CalState.Edu web site.