LONG BEACH, Calif. (CNS/ FOX 11)
Calling themselves the "Walking Debt" - a play on the popular TV show The Walking Dead - a small but passionate group of CSU Long Beach students gathered outside the Board of Trustees meeting Tuesday morning to protest a possible tuition hike.
The California State University Board of Trustees is set to vote on the final draft of the "Support Budget Augmentation." That's the formal request to the state for funding. The problem lies in what the state wants to pay and what the university system says it needs.
If the state doesn't come through with funding, the University says that's when students could see a hike in their tuition of up to 5%, an increase of anywhere between $270 to $438 per student.
And while 80% of students at CSU Long Beach are on financial aid and 61% pay no tuition at all, students say the increase will be a burden for those who do have to pay and could delay their graduation.
School officials say if there will be a tuition hike, it won't be discussed until January and then would be voted on in March.
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