Students protest ‘success fees’ at Trustees meeting

Students brought the debate over special student fees — those added on top of tuition by some CSU campuses — to the CSU Trustees meeting last week.

One contingent of students and parents from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, mustered by campus president Armstrong, argued for the right to have the so-called “success fees,” while infuriated students from other campuses such as CSU Stainslaus and Sonoma State, who can’t afford additional campus fees spoke out against them.

Students in opposition argued that while the campuses do need more money, the Trustees need to push for more funding from the state while making sure campuses prioritize the money they do have for the classroom. Adding to student debt, they argued, is the wrong direction.

While testimony was heard inside, a crowd of students protested on the Chancellor’s plaza outside, mocking the fees as anything but garnering success for the CSU’s mission to reach low-income and first-generation college students.

Local news reported: “Donning clown noses and bright clothing, angry Cal State students accused the administration of ‘acting like a circus’ and making students feel like fools by charging student success fees. See NBC Southern California and 89.3 KPCC-NPR

In the lead-up to the meeting, the Los Angeles Times editorialized against the extra fees

Meantime, UC students confronted a more direct challenge to their ability to pay and willingness to assume more debt.

The UC Regents, over the opposition of Gov. Brown, took up an across-the-UC-system 5% tuition hike today as UC students protested: Sacramento Bee  |  U-T San Diego