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*** MEDIA ADVISORY ***
California State University To Discuss Budget, Student Fees and Enrollment

WHAT:

At its meeting on November 9 and 10, the CSU Board of Trustees will consider several actions related to the 2010-2011 and 2011-12 budgets, as the system addresses  increased enrollment demands and uncertain funding support.  Despite the year over year increase in state budget support, the CSU's state funding is at the same level as five years ago, yet the system is serving thousands more students. Additionally, after two years of drastic enrollment and budget cuts, CSU is now ramping up its enrollment to admit 30,000 more students for the winter and spring terms.

In addition, a portion of funding for the additional enrollment is one-time federal stimulus revenue, and the CSU needs to ensure a permanent increase to its budget to serve these students. 

Finally, the CSU plans to change the terminology used to refer to certain charges assessed to students from "fees" to "tuition."  Both the University of California and the CSU are planning to change the terminology used since the term "tuition" more accurately describes the use of revenue, which supports the basic needs of academic programs and student support.  The "fee" label has also caused significant problems related to federal financial assistance programs, most especially for veterans and the GI bill.

Board agenda items will be posted at http://www.calstate.edu/bot/agendas/ after 3 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 29.

   

WHO:

CSU Executive Vice Chancellor, Business and Finance Benjamin Quillian
CSU Assistant Vice Chancellor, Budget, Robert Turnage
CSU Director of Enrollment Eric Forbes
   

WHEN:

Monday, November 1, 2010
10:30 a.m.

   

ACCESS:

Dial-In Number:
(800) 288-9626

   

CONTACT:

Mike Uhlenkamp (562) 951-4834; cell (562) 756-7935, muhlenkamp@calstate.edu
Claudia Keith (562) 951-4813; cell (562) 355-4479, ckeith@calstate.edu

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