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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.

He summarized a broad range of cutbacks at the 10-campus UC system, including furloughing and laying off employees, consolidating and eliminating programs, increasing class sizes, delaying faculty hires, reducing services and delaying purchases, among other actions.”

At SSU, Furukawa-Schlereth said it was too early to know what the latest cuts would mean. Generally, cuts are apportioned among the system’s 23 campuses.

“The goal is to mitigate the impact as much as possible on student learning and learning outcomes,” he said Friday.

Many low-income students would be insulated from the potential tuition increases. About 28 percent of SSU students receive Cal or CSU University grants that likely would adjust to cover tuition increases.

The rest of the student body — or their families — pay tuition and other college costs out of pocket or get loans, grants or scholarships.

This story was compiled from reports by Staff Writer Jeremy Hay, the Los Angeles Times and the Associated Press.

12 Responses to “College fees to keep rising”

  1. Milan Moravec says:

    University of California wage concessions narrow the deficit and dull tuition increases. University of California faces massive budget shortfalls. It is dismaying Calif. Governor Brown. President Yudof and Board of Regents have, once again, been unable to agree on a package of wage, benefit concessions to close the deficit.
    Californians face foreclosure, unemployment, depressed wages, loss of retirement, medical, unemployment benefits, higher taxes: UC Board of Regents Regent Lansing, President Yudof need to demonstrated leadership by curbing wages, benefits. As a Californian, I don’t care what others earn at private, public universities. If wages better elsewhere, chancellors, vice chancellors, tenured, non tenured faculty, UCOP should apply for the positions. If wages commit employees to UC, leave for better paying position. The sky above UC will not fall.
    Californians suffer from greatest deficit of modern times. UC wages must reflect California’s ability to pay, not what others are paid. Campus chancellors, tenured & non-tenured faculty, UCOP are replaceable by more talented academics
    Wage concessions for UC President, Faculty, Chancellors, Vice Chancellors, UCOP:
    No furloughs
    18 percent reduction in UCOP salaries & $50 million cut.
    18 percent prune of campus chancellors’, vice chancellors’ salaries.
    15 percent trim of tenured faculty salaries, increased teaching load
    10 percent decrease in non-tenured faculty salaries, as well as increase research, teaching load
    100% elimination of all Academic Senate, Academic Council costs, wages.

    (17,000 UC paid employees earn more than $100,000)

    Overly optimistic predictions of future revenues do not solve the deficit. However, rose bushes bloom after pruning.

    UC Board of Regents Sherry Lansing, President Yudof can bridge the public trust gap by offering reassurances that UC salaries reflect depressed wages in California. The sky will not fall on UC

    Californians are reasonable people. Levy no new taxes until an approved balanced budget: let the Governor/Legislature lead – make the tough-minded (not cold hearted) decisions of elected leadership. Afterwards come to public for continuing, specified taxes.

    Once again, we call upon UC President, Chancellors, Vice Chancellors, Faculty, UCOP to stand up for California and ‘pitch in’ for Californians with wage concessions.

  2. Rick says:

    The democrats spent all the money. Maybe these kids should think about that next time the vote

  3. Joseph Donegan says:

    Ah! The blood of tyrants and rebels makes good fertilizer for s democracy.
    Shame they do not teach US history anymore, Just the essay of Howard Zinn who himself said do not use his text without the benefit of a factual US history Book. The cost of education is what it is, and it is forced socialism in some regard, with better off students paying for those who have very little. Of course every student cood go independent and claim the lower income bracket, bankrupting the system.
    We are importing students from east LA while neglecting our local kids. Curious situation.

  4. Ricardo Sorentino says:

    RE: bear “Do uneducated people vote republican?”

    No, the ‘uneducated people’ are liberals and Democrats, thinking that we can provide every free social program known to man, and just keep raising taxes to pay for it all.

    When that doesn’t work, then of course, blame the Republicans for anything and everything. That’s all that ‘uneducated people’ know to do: spend until we have unsustainable deficits and then point fingers at everyone but themselves.

  5. bear says:

    The budget is bad because republicans WANT it that way. If they create a crisis, then they can impose their (not very bright) ideology on us in this “time of crisis that we created.”

    Can’t raise taxes on the wealthy.

    Can enact a “dime a drink” tax or anything like it. But whack the smokers?

    Can’t eliminate the mortgage tax deduction on multiple houses? Can’t limit that deduction to houses worth less than $1 million?

    Can’t eliminate all subsidies and tax breaks to large corporations? Might kill jobs?!

    WTF? Those jobs are already dead.

    The economy is not getting better.

    I’ll say it again: any job lost in the public or private sectors, and any reduction in disposable income (like insane health insurance costs) will hurt local businesses and kill economic recovery.

    GOOD for republicans. This is their strategy.

  6. Hoping for Change says:

    The free lunch is over. The government cannot provide a handout or apparently a handup with this deep recession, and growing debt and government spending that has gone on for far too long.

    College costs are a biproduct of this out of control government spending and now the parents and students have to pay that bill too if they can. Many will not be able to pay and will pay for it in a life time of poor earnings and opportunity.

    Every thing is life needs to be in balance. This includes our life styles and our spending habits. When things get out of balance, bad things happen and bad things are happening in our society.

    We need leadership in government, not pandering to the masses and following the master voice in local government, the public sector unions who fund, support and elect our state and local politicans. Change is needed and right now.

  7. Selective rage says:

    Cowards, most of you. You like to point to the big bad unions and scream, unfunded liability. Pensions are 7% of the State budget. You don’t have the guts to point at welfare programs, over 50% of the State budget, and cry fowl. As long as you and your children can collect your money every month, the highest in the nation, you are happy to point at something else. Will children starve? Heck no, their parents will move to the next highest welfare state. Welfare moms collecting over $60,000 a year, you are ok with that. But God help you if you get a 30 year pension because you ar ethe devil. The pension system is being revamped, even though you are not in the email loop. Dance around the issue, but don’t even address the real problem, tens of billions a year to welfare, fully funded, with no income to fund it but your taxes. Dupes.

  8. Pearl Alquileres says:

    …and the shell game continues!
    As the sheeple mindlessly follow their party allegiances, Democrats blaming Republicans, Republicans blaming Democrats, It just makes them all look foolish!
    They all “feel good” knowing that THIER party has the market cornered on intellectual prowess.
    Meanwhile ROME IS BURNING!
    Democrats have run this state for DECADES and look were we are! “Republicans” have sat quietly by and allowed this cancer to metastasize, playing along to get along like the COWARDS they are.
    There are good people with good ideas in BOTH parties. Unfortunately, NON OF THEM HAVE BEEN ELECTED!
    So sit on your high horse & blame the other party if it makes you feel better about yourself & gets you accolades from your fellow sheeple, but it isn’t going to solve the problems we ALL face together.
    It doesn’t take a highly educated, extremely knowledgeable, intellectual powerhouse to understand the one simple fact that WE ARE OUT OF MONEY!
    Unfortunately it DOES require some intellect to understand WHY.
    It’s NOT a “revenue” problem, IT’S A SPENDING PROBLEM!
    “Can you say Green Music Center… I knew you could”!

  9. Originalist says:

    Dems can get all the tax increases, refuse to cut salaries and bennies of civil service unions, insist on giving freebies to illegals, therefore they will raise every fee they can, cut every service to citizens and then blame the Republicans.

    But then California which would rather be a burden to the nations others states is owned by the unions because they pay the dems to do exactly what they are doing.

  10. Dan Delgado says:


    I don’t know if Republicans benefit, but the public employee unions certainly do. Union greed is undermining education and every other government service. Who profits? You do. And every other public pensioner out there. So long as you collect your monthly pension check, all you need to do to see who’s killing off education is look in the mirror.

  11. bear says:

    Do uneducated people vote republican?

    Do republicans benefit by killing off public education and public unions?

    Who profits and who is left behind?

  12. Steveguy says:

    Back in the day, the students weren’t sheep.

    Between video games and Paris Hilton, I an supposing t5hat the youth have lost their gumption.

    Why aren’t the kids upset ? They are being thrown under the bus by us !

    Make the Military save you from the cops kids. Cops are out to get you, our military is out to protect you. Remember that.