Update: California State University Trustees announced on Tuesday that they are postponing a plan to hike fees on selected students.
The CSU chancellor released the following statement:
California State University Trustees have postponed reviewing a plan to improve access and reduce time to degree. The proposal to modify the current undergraduate fee structure was part of the agenda for today’s Board of Trustees meeting and will now be reviewed at a later date after Trustees gather additional information and input from stakeholders.
Here’s the background from a Monday Associated Press report:
LOS ANGELES (AP) — A group of California State University students say they plan to ask the board of trustees to postpone a set of proposed tuition hikes while the effect of the increases is further studied.
Natalie Dorado of Students for a Quality Education told reporters in a conference call Monday that increasing fees would hinder students from graduating faster.
The university announced last week it would ask trustees at its meeting Tuesday to approve higher fees for students who already have enough credits to graduate, take more than a fulltime load, and those who repeat courses. The goal is to push students to graduate faster and free class space.
But students say the fee boosts would punish students who may have to quit a class because of job pressures or switch majors.