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Fees to rise at Cal State universities?

July 8, 2009 12:00:00 AM PDT
Students going to California State universities could soon face fee hikes and enrollment cuts. University officials may have to take those drastic measures to close a massive budget deficit.According to the L.A. Times, the Cal State university system is looking at student fee increases of 15 to 20 percent in the fall. That increase would be on top of a 10 percent increase approved in May.

The increase in fees amounts to about $4,800 for the average student in the Cal State system. The amount does not include books or room and board.

The state university system has also agreed to reduce enrollment by 32,000 students the following year.

In addition to the increases, California State University Chancellor Charles Reed is proposing cuts to the system of $192 million. He says the district could also be facing mass layoffs if a furlough plan does not go through.

State school officials also say that students may get some of the increase covered through financial aid and an education tax, which was part of the federal stimulus passed by the Obama administration.

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