UC and CSU Students Upset as State Prepares to Cut

Governor Brown expected to announce a new round of budget cuts for financially struggling higher education systems.

Written by DANNY TSANG / Published January 7, 2011

California’s newly elected governor is widely expected to announce massive budget cuts and tax hikes as he prepares to balance the state budget.

Jerry Brown, a Democrat elected to his third, nonconsecutive term, will likely ask the legislature to slash funding for the state’s higher education systems.

In response, the University of California (UC) and the California State University (CSU) may be forced to reduce student enrollment, layoff employees, and raise fees, yet again.

“It’s a bad idea for the state to cut funding,” says Linda Han, a Temple City High School graduate currently in her fourth year at the University of California, Riverside (UCR).

“Education is very important not just for the [students], but for the entire state as well,” she said.

Nelson Luu, a freshman also at UCR, agrees.

“I think it’s horrible,” he said.

In the fall of 2010, the UC hiked fees a whopping 15 percent, while the CSU increased fees across its campuses by eight percent.

In terms of the undergraduate class, annual tuition now amounts to over $10,000 for UC students. Meanwhile, CSU students pay more than $4200 a year.

Fees are expected to climb this coming year.

Incoming freshman, beginning in 2011, at CSU schools will pay an extra five percent in the fall and an additional 10 percent in the spring.

UC freshmen will pay an additional eight percent.

But, if Governor Brown calls for massive cuts, UC and CSU regents may likely call for higher student fees.

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