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Cal State Cancels Tuition Hike After Prop 30 Win

The 23-campus California State University system, including Cal State East Bay in Concord, plans to cancel all tuition hikes following the tax boost promised by state Proposition 30.

Cal State students will be happy to hear that the nation's largest four-year state university network has promised to cancel fee hikes following the win for Proposition 30 on Election Day.

The 23-college state university system announced Wednesday it will begin the process of canceling the current $249 rise in tuition per semester in anticipation of future tax money from Prop 30, which passed with almost 54 percent of state voters favoring it.

Mike Uhlenkamp, a spokesman for the Cal State system, said the system will withdraw its 2012-13 tuition increase because unlike the 10-college University of California system, it opted to raise tuition in November 2011 to $5,970 a year to make up for a $1 billion cut in its budget. Gov. Jerry Brown and the state Legislature in July offered both college systems $125 million in funding if they did not hike tuition, but Cal State already had done so, Uhlenkamp said.

Annual, full-time tuition will now go back to $5,472 charged during the 2011-2012 school year, officials said.

Prop 30 will increase the state sales taxes by a quarter of a percent and bump income taxes on people making $250,000 or more a year for the next seven years.

The taxes will raise an estimated $6 billion annually for K-12 schools and public community and four-year colleges, and avoid what public educators feared would be another round of drastic cutbacks and college tuition hikes next year.

The proposition will mean relief from budget reductions for state's 9,895 public schools that enroll 6.2 million students, according to the California Department of Education.  

Bay City News contributed to this report.

How do you feel about the passage of Prop 30 and the fee hike reversal in the Cal State system? Share your thoughts below.

S.S.Schreffler November 08, 2012 at 08:12 PM
This is fantastic. For many, the difference in tuition costs could mean the difference between enrolling or not. Also, cheaper tuition prices means fewer people requiring financial aid.
Emily Henry (Editor) November 08, 2012 at 08:19 PM
Good point, S.S. Anything that keeps students away from loans is good, in my opinion — but that's because mine will be weighing me down for so long... I still wonder how students without parental support are supposed to pay for their college degrees without racking up tens of thousands of dollars of debt. Is it possible?

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