CSU board of trustees to make decision on fee increases Nov. 13-14

Gabrielle Moreira

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Three potential fee increases that are expected to motivate students to graduate on time will be discussed at the California State University board of trustees meeting on Nov. 13-14.

The three fees proposed will affect graduating seniors, students who register in more than 18 units and students who repeat courses.

The graduation incentive fee would charge students who have completed more than 160 semester units, or 240 quarter units, $372 per semester unit or $248 per quarter unit. The third-tier tuition fee would charge students $182 per semester unit, or $122 per quarter unit, who have enrolled in more than 18 units. The course repeat fee would charge students $91 per semester unit, or $61 per quarter unit, for any repeated courses.

The board is expecting up to 18,000 additional students can be admitted into the CSU system if the three fees are implemented in the 2013-2014 academic year.

Each fee was based on the outcome of Proposition 30, Gov. Jerry Brown’s tax initiative, which passed on Nov. 6.

The fees were discussed during the board’s Sept. 18-19 meeting, but backlash from students and faculty who attended the meeting caused the board to postpone any decisions.

The board meets at the CSU Chancellor’s Offices at 401 Golden Shore in Long Beach. Tuesday’s meeting starts at 10 a.m. and Wednesday’s at 8 a.m. with time for public comments around 10 a.m., according to the CSU agenda.