OP-ED: CSULB Grad Students Respond to Tuition Increase Vote

The increase in tuition is mainly attributed to the ever-increasing demand of bachelor's degrees since the 1980’s. As the demand for higher education increases, the need for other resources such as faculty, staff, and campus expansions increases.

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Since 1985, tuition has increased by a staggering 500 percent and because of this increase students are the ones paying for it. For example, student debt has now reached $1.31 trillion in the U.S. The problem is the CSU system is so underfunded that the tuition increases are coming out of the student’s pockets.


 

There needs to be a new approach to this deficit. As graduate students in the CSU system, we have been personally affected by this deficit which has perpetuated a norm to work multiple jobs and rely on loans. Ironically, the need for innovative approaches might just rely on our future generations of students.

By: Aliza Gonzalez, Irma Hernandez, Ary Nassiri, Mercedes Costello, and Nancy Aleman
Masters of Social Work candidates from California State University, Long Beach.



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