LONG BEACH - California State University trustees postponed a plan to vote on a round of new fees this week in order to gather more information and input from stakeholders, officials announced Tuesday.
The CSU Board of Trustees was scheduled to vote on the fee increases in its meeting at the Chancellor's Office in Long Beach today.
In a meeting on Tuesday, board Chairman Bob Linscheid said he decided to postpone voting on the fees and study the plan further in light of conversations with students and the recent passing of Proposition 30.
The proposed fees include:
A "graduation incentive fee" that charges a per-unit supplement of $372 for so-called "super seniors" who have already accumulated 160 units. More than 80 percent of majors require 120 units to graduate.
The unit cap will drop to 150 units in 2014. Officials said about 9,000 students are categorized as super seniors.
A "course repeat fee" of $91 for students who choose to repeat a class. Officials said about 40,000 seats are occupied each year by students who have already taken the course. The fee is meant to encourage students to "make careful decisions" and allow access for students who have not yet taken the course.
A "third-tier tuition" fee of $182 per unit for any course load of 18 units or more. The average student load is 12 units per semester.
This is the second time this year trustees have postponed a vote on raising fees.
The plan, however, has been met with backlash from faculty and student groups who say the move unfairly targets struggling students. The board is expected to vote on the fees at a later date.
- Kelly Puente