Student of the California State University,
To promote awareness of an issue potentially affecting hundreds of thousands of current and future California State University (CSU) students, I am releasing this statement on behalf of the California State Student Association (CSSA) to outline the actions that have been taken to date by the CSU Office of the Chancellor regarding a potential tuition increase.
In accordance with the Working Families Student Fee Transparency and Accountability Act, the California State Student Association (CSSA) has been presented a proposal by the California State University (CSU) Office of the Chancellor outlining a potential increase in tuition for all CSU students for the 2017-18 academic year.
CSSA firmly believes that CSU students should not be expected to bear any additional financial burden for pursuing a college degree. It is imperative that the devastating impact of the state’s disinvestment in higher education is reversed if the promise of an affordable, accessible, and quality CSU education is to be kept. CSSA is working to generate support for students and higher education, and is committed to protecting the collective interests of current and future CSU students.
It is important to note that although the process and the power to increase tuition in the CSU system is dictated by the CSU Office of the Chancellor and must ultimately be approved by the CSU Board of Trustees, we know that the most influential voices are yours—the students we represent. Please join us and lend your voice to our efforts. We are currently working on a website (tuition.calstatestudents.org) that will allow you to share your stories of how an increase in tuition will affect you. Also be sure to follow us on Facebook and Twitter for important updates and information.
Yours in service,
David M. Lopez
President, California State Student Association (CSSA)