CSU Students Fight Fee Hikes
Students and faculty from Cal State University campuses are fighting a ten-percent fee hike. They came to the Capitol Wednesday to ask the Governor and lawmakers for a reprieve.
Wednesday, May 9, 2007
CSU Students delivered seven-thousand letters from campuses statewide to the Governor, Lieutenant Governor and legislative leaders… They’re protesting a ten-percent fee hike recently approved by CSU trustees. They want lawmakers to include 65-million in the upcoming state budget to offset the increase. Sacramento State student Valencia Henley says she works forty hours a week to pay for college.
"They say that they’re trying to build a university where we can dream. I can’t dream. Why? Because I’m up working a shift.…”
Full time fees are currently more than 25-hundred dollars. They were fifteen hundred dollars five years ago. A spokesman for the state Department of Finance says a 2004 agreement with higher education officials limits fee increases to ten percent. A CSU spokeswoman says the system still has the lowest fees among comparable universities.