Letter (II) From CSSA President, David M. Lopez
Update on discussions of 2017-18 Tuition Increase Proposal

October 27, 2016

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CSU Proposal

Dear CSSA board members,

The executive committee of the California State Student Association (CSSA) wants to update you all on our most recent meeting with Chancellor White and his executive leadership on October 26th, 2016.

As you all know, a proposal to raise tuition has been presented to CSSA in accordance with the Working Families Student Fee Transparency and Accountability Act. We want you to know that we appreciate the feedback we have received and have taken your concerns to Chancellor White so that he understands the impact any tuition increase has on students.

In our meeting with Chancellor White and his executive leadership, we received a commitment that a fully funded CSU budget request would mean no tuition increase for any student.

In 2012-13, the CSU was in a very similar situation. A tuition increase was approved and began to be collected. However, because voters approved the Proposition 30 temporary tax increase, the CSU was able to rescind the tuition increase. Consequently, the tuition already paid was either credited to the student for the following semester, refunded, or financial aid packages were reconfigured. We can safely assume that if a tuition increase is approved for the 2017-18 academic year but the CSU receives a complete budget request from the state, a similar method will be used.

Additionally, Chancellor White committed to attend our November CSSA plenary meeting to directly address our board and answer questions. He expressed his commitment to keeping students informed in the pursuit of a collaborative strategy to guarantee state investment in higher education and the CSU.

We continue to believe that, as students, we must stand united with our faculty, staff, and administration to guarantee no tuition increase and full reinvestment in the CSU. We are hopeful that leaders from across the state will join us and advocate for the value of higher education.

For further information, and updates as we move forward, please visit tuition.calstatestudents.org.

Yours in service,

David M. Lopez
President, California State Student Association (CSSA)