Tuition to increase at Fresno State

CSU Board of Trustees approved 5% hike

Tuition at Fresno State and other CSU campuses is going up next year.
 
The board of trustees approved a five-percent increase.
 
That's about 270-dollars a year more for students.
 
The news was met with mixed reviews on the Fresno State campus.
 
The cost of a university education just got a little higher for students at Fresno State and other California State University campuses.
 
The CSU board of trustees approved a tuition increase that's expected to generate more than 77-million dollars.
 
It's money that will be used to add faculty and courses.
 
"It's ok, they are increasing after a long time. And they would benefit the students in a different way," said international student Jeevjyot Chahbda.
 
This masters student says the CSU system is still one of the most affordable.
 
The increase amounts to about 270-dollars more per year for each student.
 
"I come from a low income family, my parents make minimum wage. And I'm paying through scholarships so tuition going up it's a big bummer. And it effects not just me but also my parents," said Fresno State sophomore Diego Baez.
 
The last time tuition rates went up was back in 2011.
 
Fresno State President, Joseph Castro, released a statement that reads in part: "We understand that a tuition increase of any size could cause concern for some of our students, many of whom are the first in their family to attend college. As always, our financial aid team is committed to assisting students in accessing the available resources to help them graduate with as little debt as possible."
 
One of those first generation students is Pader Lor. She's a freshman, and receives financial aid.
 
"Coming from a low income family I think that's something that I took into consideration. And something I'd like to contact the financial aid office about," Lor said.
 
The tuition hike takes effect in the fall for the 2017-2018 school year.

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