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Cal State Students Protest For Rollback of 'Success Fees'

March 26, 2014

Dozens of students rallied at a meeting of the California State University governing board Wednesday, chanting and hoisting signs that urged the chancellor and trustees to rollback “success fees” that are raising costs on many campuses.

More than 100 students marched in front of the police-guarded entrance of the chancellor’s Long Beach office shouting, “We got 99 problems and student debt is one,” and “No cuts, no fees, education should be free.”
Campuses in San Diego and Fullerton recently joined nine others in enacting the success fees to help pay for more classes, faculty hiring, counseling and other services.

The Dominguez Hills campus is considering a $280-per-semester fee that would take effect next fall if approved by a campus advisory committee and Chancellor Timothy P. White.

Many students, however, complain the success fees are shifting more costs to students for basic educational services that should be included in tuition.

“They say it’s for success, but they’re placing that success on the backs of students who are already plagued by huge debt,” said Sean Washburn, 26, a graduate student studying history at Cal State Fullerton. Read the full article online.

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