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Audit Criticizes California State University For Increases In Mandatory Fees

A report released on May 14, 2020 by the California State Auditor finds that California State University campuses sometimes use fees for costs already covered by tuition and general fund revenue.
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An audit released today by California’s State Auditor said the mandatory fees California State University campuses charge students have shot up faster than tuition increases while campuses often did not adequately justify why students needed to pay more.

The audit said that in the last eight years fees have increased 56% while tuition has gone up 5%. During the current academic year yearly student fees ranged from $4,201 at Cal Poly Pomona to $847 at Fresno State

“The campuses imposed fees on students, sometimes claiming they had no other way to meet their needs… …but did not demonstrate this, particularly given growing funding from tuition and the State, as well as the surplus of over $1 billion that we found in a prior audit.”

The report was made public this morning, ahead of Gov. Gavin Newsom releasing his revised state budget at noon today.

The fees go to pay for programs such as student health, associated students, and academic support.

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In a response sent to the Auditor two months before its release, CSU Chancellor Tim White said he’s pleased the audit found no violations of state or federal laws and that the CSU will consider the recommendations.


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