After raising fees for the current fall semester by 5 percent, the Cal State University Board of Trustees agreed on Wednesday to raise tuition by 15 percent for the 2011-2012 academic year.
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The hikes will be enacted through a two-part process, with a 5 percent increase for the spring 2011 semester, followed by a 10 percent jump for the next academic year.
Lt. Gov. Abel Maldonado, an ex officio member of the governing board, and Nicole Anderson were the only present members to vote against both increases.
Tuition for a full-time undergraduate during the current academic year at Cal State University, Northridge, is $5,076, the result of a 32 percent jump from the previous year.
With the new increases set for the 2011-2012 acadmic year, those same students will pay $5,837.
Although the hikes are meant to increase course and seat availability, some students still have trouble wrapping up their degree in four years.
Derrick Cisneros, a junior at C-SUN, said that even after paying the larger fee for the current semester, he still wasn’t able to enroll in the classes needed for his Psychology major.
“They told us that they had to cut back a lot of classes. They gave us late notice,” he said. “It doesn’t make sense.”
Cisneros said that the school notified him that a few “late-start” classes would be opening, but that those were filled instantly as well, leaving many students like himself without necessary classes.
The tuition increases are expected to raise an extra $121.5 million for the Cal State system next year.