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CSU students to protest board meeting for vote on proposed tuition hike

Students from the California State University system will protest on Wednesday against a proposed tuition increase. The CSU board of trustees is meeting in Long Beach and is scheduled to hold a vote that day.

The action is spearheaded by Students for Quality Education (SQE). Students who plan to protest the hike argue that the increase would create a financial burden on all students.

The board has proposed a 5 percent increase to tuition in order to fund a graduation initiative. But students and SQE say the raise follows a trend toward privatization of higher public education.

They want the board to hold the governor accountable for properly funding the CSU. Students will voice their concerns with the board during a public comment session on Tuesday before Wednesday’s vote and protest. The Finance Committee will meet at 8 a.m., and the board will follow with a vote.