During a special meeting called in response to the state's growing budget crisis, the California State University's Board of Trustees voted Monday, Dec. 16, to approve a $72 mid-year fee increase for undergraduates at semester institutions that will take effect in January. At quarter institutions (like Cal Poly Pomona), this means a $48 increase for undergraduates and $76 for graduates.
?Because I have always been a strong proponent of maintaining low fees, it is painful for me to consider fee increases,? says Board of Trustees Chair Debra S. Farar. ?However, the magnitude of the current budget crisis leaves us with only one responsible choice: to take action now, rather than waiting for the situation to deteriorate. Raising fees is the only viable option if we are to continue to provide high-quality programs to the 406,000 students we have pledged to serve.?
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