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Cal State students protest tuition hikes

March 2, 2011 12:00:00 AM PST
Students are demonstrating at California State University, Northridge Wednesday, protesting tuition and fee hikes. They say struggling students can't afford to pay more.There's a lot of frustration among Cal State students. Fees and tuition keep going up and they say they don't see an end to it.

Hundreds of students gathered in front of the library around 10 a.m.

Students are currently paying about $5,000 a year for tuition following an approved fee hike last November. Tuition was raised 5 percent for winter and spring terms, and students will see an additional 10-percent hike next fall. And with the state's budget problem, nearly $1.5 billion in state budget cuts are proposed for higher education.

Many students say they're at the breaking point.

"It just means I have to work harder. I have to find means of paying for tuition," said CSUN student Michelle Menjivar. "I know financial aid helps and stuff like that but there's people that can't get financial aid and I'm one of them."

"I work a job and a half to pay for school, and student loans we won't pay off until we're like 50 or 60 and that's simply unacceptable, not here in this country at least," said CSUN student Justin Simons.

The demonstrations at CSUN and other Cal State schools are expected to continue through the day. On March 14, students say they're planning to march to Sacramento to let state lawmakers know their feelings and concerns about the rising cost of education.