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CSU Fee Hikes on ‘Super Seniors’ and Others Delayed

So-called “super seniors” were among those targeted by CSU officials in the latest round of fee hike talks. The vote on these proposals was delayed, however.

LONG BEACH–

“Super seniors,” students who like taking a large load of classes, and class repeaters look to be in the clear, for now, as proposed fee hikes look to be off the table.

At the California State University Board of Trustees meeting in Long Beach Tuesday morning, officials looked to have been considering charging a “graduation incentive fee” of $372 per unit for super seniors who already completed 160. Most majors usually only need around 120 units in order to graduate.

Also being considered was “course repeat” and “third-tier tuition fees,” where students who repeated classes would be charged $91 per course, and students who take more than 18 units a semester would be charged $182 per unit over.

The vote on these proposals was delayed by CSU officials Tuesday, however.

Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom released a statement on the postponement of the fee hikes, writing “Over the course of the last ten years, tuition at the CSU system has tripled as state funding has been radically reduced. With the passage of Proposition 30 last week we have staved off dangerous cuts that would have guaranteed fee hikes and limited student access, but our work is far from done.”

Prop. 30 is designed to raise taxes across the board in order to save public schools from making cuts and raising fees. However, Newsom writes that “California’s higher education system been held hostage by the volatility of the state’s revenues.”

Solutions that permanently end the trend of cutting and fee hikes need to be found, Newsom notes.

Thanks to a request by Gov. Brown, the UC system has also postponed fee hike considerations. Regents were going to talk about implementing professional degree supplemental tuition at a meeting Wednesday, but Brown asked for more time to develop a better plan.