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Fresno State students wait in line at the Joyal Administration Building on Jan. 17, 2017. (Khone Saysamongdy/The Collegian)

CSU and UC join forces in combating tuition hike

Students, faculty and some state senators will announce their support of a tuition freeze for the California State University (CSU) and University of California (UC) systems at a news conference at the Capitol on March 12.

Both university systems are looking into increasing tuition to combat a shortfall in the governor’s budget.  

The CSU is seeking $165 million and the UC is seeking $105 million in funding to avoid raising tuition.

In a joint statement, Sens. Steve Glazer, D-Orinda, chairman of the Senate Select Committee on Student Success, and Ben Allen, D-Santa Monica, chairman of the Senate Education Committee, opposed the hike in tuition.  

“In a year when state budget revenues are expected to be robust and when we’ve already raised tuition so much, we shouldn’t be imposing more tuition increases on the families of students at our public universities,” read their statement.

Students and faculty from the CSU and UC, as well as members of the Assembly and Senate, will join Glazer and Allen for a news conference in Sacramento on Monday.