Amid Student Protests, CSU Board of Trustees Votes 11-8 to Approve 5% Tuition Hike, 1st in 6 Years

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CSU students protest outside meeting. (Irfan Khan/Los Angeles Times)

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After a heated morning of debate and impassioned statements from students, professors and lawmakers, California State University’s Board of Trustees voted 11 to 8 to increase tuition as a way to fill a looming gap in state funding.

“I don’t bring this forward with an ounce of joy,” said Cal State Chancellor Timothy P. White, addressing the packed meeting chamber. “I bring it with necessity.”

Students stood up and shouted "Shameful!" and "Shame, shame, shame."

Dozens of students from across the system’s 23 campuses had started gathering at dawn at the meeting in Long Beach to protest any decision that would increase their financial burden. Wearing graduation gowns and caps with tassels dangling signs showing their student debt, the students demonstrated throughout the morning with drumbeats and chants of “The more we pay, the longer we stay!” They waved signs that read “Change the system” and “Keep college affordable.”

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The Cal State Board of Trustees approved the above tuition increase proposal on March 22, 2017.

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