Cal State East Bay, other state universities, hiking student fees 15% next fall

Half of students will still pay nothing thanks to financial aid

Officials at California State University have received approval to hike tuition fees a total of 15 percent by fall 2011, sparking complaints and debate among students and university officials.

Effective Jan. 1, 2011, students will pay an additional 5 percent for each semester of study, bringing the total to $2,220 per semester, up from $2,115. In the fall semester, students will add another 10 percent on top of the five, for a total of $2,664.

"The unfortunate reality is when there's insufficient state support, that increases the burden on students," said Erik Fallis, a spokesman for the CSU system.

He said students generate one-third of university revenue, and the other two-thirds come from federal and state support.

"When the state is unable to provide that support, that only leaves the CSU with one other avenue," he said.

But students don't necessarily see tuition hikes as an effective means of supporting state universities.

According to a statement on the website of a student group, the California State Student Association, "Students pay more for college each year, but the cost has not resulted in improved classes, more course sections, better advising, or faster time to graduation."

Fallis said protesters of tuition hikes should note, "Half of our undergraduates do not pay tuition. It's covered by financial aid."

He said the financial aid that undergraduates receive is typically in the form of grants -- Pell Grants, State University Grants and Cal Grants -- that do not have to be paid back.

"Those three sources are not going to be impacted by the fee increase. They automatically adjust," Fallis said.

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Posted by parent
a resident of Birdland
on Nov 15, 2010 at 8:42 am

In other words, those that already get handouts will get bigger handouts, but those that actually pay will get screwed...AGAIN. Typical.

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Posted by and
a resident of Danbury Park
on Nov 15, 2010 at 8:48 am

and people wonder why people are leaving this state in droves. Between pension benefits and free college California is truly a welfare state and it will not be long before it is over.

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Posted by Violated
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Nov 15, 2010 at 9:09 am

Parent, you are right ! Tuition will now be an OUT of reach impossibility for middle-class. Tuition INCREASE BLOCKING them will be used to PROVIDE MORE FINANCIAL aid for poor ???? Pure REDISTRIBUTION....time for a fairness revolution.
How about a class-action lawsuit against CAL and all Ca higer ED for VIOLATION of overwhelmingly approved Prop 209....No discrimination and NO, NO PREFERENCES allowed ! ! ! By law SUPPOSE to practice equality and FAIRNESS, without PREFERENCES. Cal is BLATENT in it's VIOLATION.

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Posted by GX
a resident of Foothill High School
on Nov 15, 2010 at 10:30 am

Make sure you read Daniel Bornstein's Sunday oped. Tuitions are being raised simply to cover for unaffordable pensions. I am amazed that there aren't significant protests over this. It just goes to show you how ignorant the general public is regarding the fleecing they are getting from all levels of government.

But I guess if you don't have to pay taxes (50% of the population), you don't worry too much about stuff like this.

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Posted by member
a resident of another community
on Nov 16, 2010 at 5:07 am

CSEUB is on the quarter system, not semesters. How do the numbers look per quarter? Reportage not the strong point here. But it does look like the commenters are reactionary rednecks, typical for Pleasanton and environs. Maybe you guys should take advantage of the government-free opportunities in Somalia? You would love it there, no government boot on the neck of free trade! Its morning in East Africa!

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Posted by Pympster
a resident of San Ramon
on May 11, 2011 at 10:56 am

Cal State East Bay is still a bargain. Stop crying and go to college.

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