Today the California State University (CSU) Board of Trustees approved a fall 2017 tuition increase of $270 for resident undergraduate students. This is the first tuition increase that we have seen in the CSU system since 2011. I am very disappointed by this decision, as the ASI Board of Directors, Sacramento State student leaders, and students advocates from across the CSU have worked tirelessly to raise awareness of the hardships that our students would face with this increase.
Unfortunately, Gov. Jerry Brown’s January budget proposal for the CSU’s was less than half of what the system requested. Because of this, the CSU Board of Trustees determined it was necessary to raise tuition to fill the gap. While this increase in tuition is slated to go toward student achievement efforts such as the Graduation Initiative, I have no doubt that many of our students will be faced with the need to seek financial assistance to address this increase. ASI will continue to advocate with student leaders across the system for full CSU funding from the state legislature and Governor Brown in the upcoming state budget.
I will continue working with the University Foundation to raise scholarship funds and promote the scholarship opportunities that ASI and other campus entities offer. Working with our campus, it is imperative that we continue to increase access of financial assistance and find meaningful ways to support our students impacted by the tuition increase. While there still may be potential budget cuts, ASI is committed to prioritizing the need for course offerings and financial support which go to programs that contribute to the diversity and inclusivity of our campus.
ASI is committed to always putting the student voice at the forefront and making sure higher education is accessible to all students.
Patrick K. Dorsey
President and CEO
Associated Students Inc. at Sacramento State