March 24, 2017 - This letter is in response to the March 22 CSU Board of Trustees decision to increase tuition for resident undergraduate students for the 2017-18 academic year.
Dear Campus Community,
On Wednesday, March 22nd, the CSU Board of Trustees voted to increase tuition for resident undergraduate students by $270 for the 2017-18 academic year, the first such increase since 2011.
It was not an easy decision for the trustees; many students attended the meeting and spoke to the financial hardships they face in pursuing a higher education. However, the trustees decided that it was a necessary step to provide the quality education that our students expect and deserve.
The trustees acted after Gov. Jerry Brown’s January budget proposal provided the CSU with less than half of the funding increase we had requested to meet the needs of our growing student enrollment.
The governor’s proposed budget is not the last word on the subject: the legislature could raise the CSU allocation in the budget it submits to the governor in June. The entire CSU community will work hard to make the case for full funding of the Trustees’ budget in Sacramento between now and then. Moreover, the Trustees’ resolution explicitly states that the tuition increase will be rescinded if their full request is funded by the State.
No one connected with the CSU is happy about the need to raise tuition. We are committed to student access and we recognize that any such increase creates a potential hardship for affected students.
The tuition increase is expected to raise $77.5 million in additional revenue; over 60 percent of our students—whose tuition is fully covered by grants and waivers—will not be affected by the change.
CSUMB and the entire CSU system is committed, through its Graduation Initiative 2025, to doubling our four-year graduation rates by 2025. The revenue generated by this increase will allow us to add more faculty, courses, advisors and other resources to support student success. If the CSU can shorten the time to degree by only one semester, the savings for an individual student will be far greater than the cost of this tuition increase.
As for other living and educational expenses, we remain committed to providing affordable learning materials, affordable on-campus housing, and addressing the issue of food insecurity that affects many of our students.
If we work together to lobby our elected officials and fight for a fully funded CSU, we could potentially see the increase rescinded. We promise to do everything we can to ensure an affordable and accessible experience for our Otters here at CSUMB.
Please feel free to reach out to either President Ochoa at firstname.lastname@example.org or Lauren McClain, the AS President, at email@example.com if you have any issues, questions, clarifications, or concerns about this increase.
Eduardo M. Ochoa
Associated Students President