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California State University trustees to vote on tuition hike Wednesday

November 15, 2011 12:00:00 AM PST
The vote's not until Wednesday, but California State University students are already protesting a tuition increase Cal State trustees are expected to approve.

University of California regents are likely to take similar action, all a result of the state's drastic budget cuts.

Fed up with the prospect of another hike in tuition, dozens of Cal State Fullerton students skipped class to voice their anger at the possibility of paying nearly $6,000 per year for their education.

The California State University trustees, meeting in Long Beach this week, will vote on a proposed tuition fee increase of 9 percent. That would raise the cost of a Cal State education by $500 for the 2012-2013 term.

Up north, University of California regents canceled their two-day meeting in San Francisco, according to a spokesperson, for concerns over threats of violent protests. Their meetings were focused on asking Sacramento for more money.

Outside Cal State headquarters Tuesday, it was quiet. Wednesday things will be much different.

There will be extra security at the chancellors building. The vote is scheduled for Wednesday morning.

"Like many of our meetings, we'll have extra security here to make sure everyone is safe and everything goes in a civilized and non-disruptive manner," said CSU Spokesperson Claudia Keith.

If Cal State trustees approve a tuition fee increase, they could cancel it if Governor Jerry Brown gives the university system more money.

Brown is expected to release his 2012-2013 budget in January.


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