UC, CSU administrators to debate tuition increases this week

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Courtesy University of California, Riverside

Students near the Bourns College of Engineering building at the University of California, Riverside

In separate meetings this week, administrators of the University of California and California State University will consider double digit student tuition increases to offset state funding cuts.

State lawmakers approved a $1.3 billion funding cut to California’s universities two weeks ago in their effort to balance the state budget. In response, UC regents are considering a nearly 10 percent student tuition increase for the fall to close its funding gap, which has been made even larger by the increasing cost of employee benefits.

Tuition at 23 Cal State campuses was already set to go up in the fall. Now Cal State chancellor Charles Reed is recommending trustees hike student fees by another 12 percent to absorb the state cuts.

Administrators won’t be balancing university budgets entirely on the backs of students. Campuses are cutting millions by reducing staff and programs and delaying maintenance, which ultimately affects the quality of education.

Cal State trustees meet all day Tuesday in Long Beach. UC regents meet for three days in San Francisco starting Tuesday as well.

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