On November 9th 2010, the CSU Board of Trustees is voting to increase Student “fees” by 15%
We CAN NOT sit on our hands and let ourselves be abused over and over. The first time we get hit its shame on them, but the second time we get hit its shame on us for continuing to let ourselves be beaten with a baseball bat that has the word “fees” written across the fat end.
According to Provost Marlin who reported to the SDSU Assciated Students that the CSU Board of Trustees would be voting to increase student fees 5% for the Spring 2011 semester and and additional 10% in the Fall 2011 semester. This is on top of the Health fee increase that was just supported via a vote by the SDSU Associated Students, in addition to the fee increase of the Student Center Fee (Modern Space), in addition to implementing a new fee that will be charged to a student depending on which college a student attends at SDSU, ie PSFA vs Arts and Letters.
How many more “fees” ? New students must pay a “entry fee I think used to be 50$ increased to 200$ and I have heard its now 400$. I had to pay a 35$ WPA exam fee and when I had to cancel the appointment I wasn’t refunded. The following semester I was forced to pay $45 WPA fee. The cost of administring the exam apparently rose in 8 weeks. So if I didn’t take the 35$ exam why wasn’t my money refunded or applied to the second appointment.
We are getting “nickled and dimed” to death. We and our families are all suffering as the result of a archaic system that is no longer “serves” the students it was designed to serve.
I propose that a few students drive up to Long Beach and tell the BOT why increasing our fees to solve budget problems is a bad, bad idea. Students are going to be forced to drop out of school. The budget issues continue to fall on the backs of students, we are strong but cannot focus on mid-terms and homework while stressed out about selling our laptop computers or our car stereo to pay tuition fees.