Ahead of the upcoming California State University (CSU) Board of Trustee Meeting on Wednesday, March 22, Assemblywoman Quirk-Silva, with bipartisan support of members of the California Legislature, sent a letter to the Board of Trustee members urging them to reconsider increasing tuition for the 2017-2018 Academic Year.
“It is my belief that funding our systems of higher education should not be done on the backs of students and their families,” said Quirk-Silva. “For this reason, we strongly oppose this tuition increase which would continue to put a burden on low-income and middle-class families.”
This year, Quirk-Silva authored AB 393: The Student Protection Act in response to the financial challenges faced by today’s college students, including deepening debt and long work hours necessary to supplement their educational costs.
“Our economy and the quality of life in California have been built in large part because we have had such a large, accessible public higher education system. So, we ask that the Board of Trustee members reconsider the way in which we fund higher education because high tuition costs constrict access to our institutions of higher education, and deny students and their families the dream of obtaining a degree.”
The CSU board of trustees is meeting in Long Beach, with the Finance Committee meeting at 8 a.m., Wednesday, March 22. The board will follow with a vote.
This article was released by the Office of Assemblywoman Sharon Quirk-Silva.
Editor’s Note: It has been reported by the Sacramento Bee that the CSU Board of Trustees has voted in favor of raising tuition for the first time in six years, by an amount of $270 a year.