New Fee Added for California State University Students

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LONG BEACH (AP) —

The California State University board of trustees has approved a new, voluntary charge to support operations of the statewide student association.

The Los Angeles Times reports the Student Involvement and Representation Fee passed Wednesday would charge $2 per student, per semester. But students will be able to opt out of paying before they register.

The nonprofit association advocates on behalf of students in Sacramento and Washington. The newspaper says the group currently is funded by the chancellor’s office.

California State Student Association Chairman Devon Graves says the fee will provide a steadier source of funds and give the group greater autonomy.

In other action Wednesday, the board moved to place tighter controls on other student fees that have drawn criticism as a backdoor way to raise tuition.

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