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Students protest California State University 'success fees'

Cal State students protested in Long Beach Wednesday, angry over more campuses adding 'student success fees.'
March 26, 2014 3:45:17 PM PDT
College students protested at the California State University Board of Trustees meeting in Long Beach Wednesday, angry over more campuses adding what are being called "student success fees."

Students are accusing the chancellor and the board of trustees of going around the tuition hike moratorium.

"As they said in the four-year moratorium, tuition was not supposed to go up," said CSU Long Beach student Maria Lopez. "With these fees being implemented, our tuition is indeed going up."

Inside the trustees meeting, students vented their anger.

Currently, 11 of the 23 CSU campuses have student success fees.

The fees range from $60 per year at Cal State Fullerton to $267 per year at Long Beach State. Fullerton fees will eventually reach $181 per year.

Cal Poly San Luis Obispo and San Jose State have the highest student success fees at $630 per year.

The money will used for things such as extending library hours, improving Wi-Fi and other services.

"This new fee is intended to support all of our undergraduate students with completing their degree in a timely manner, hire additional faculty to teach currently impacted courses," said CSU San Diego student Freddie Sanchez.

"Each campus has identified areas where additional revenue can enhance the student experience or the programmatic offerings, and the proposed student success fees, this dates back several decades for the CSU," said Michael Uhlenkamp, a spokesman for the CSU Chancellor's Office.

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