CSU Must Choose Tuition Hike Or Enrollment Cut

LOS ANGELES (AP) — California State University is looking at either hiking tuition or slashing enrollment to make up for a $250 million loss of state money if voters do not approve Gov. Jerry Brown’s tax measures in November.

Assistant Vice Chancellor Robert Turnage told reporters Monday that the 23-campus system faces two bleak scenarios that the Board of Trustees will discuss at its Tuesday meeting.

Under one scenario, enrollment would not be cut, but students would see a tuition increase of $150, or about 5 percent, per semester starting in January. Non-California residents would pay almost twice that.

Additionally, employees would see a 2.5 percent cut in salaries and benefits.

Turnage says an alternative plan calls for tuition to remain the same, but enrollment would be reduced by 1.5 percent, or 6,000 students.

Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.

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