Students will pay more for summer classes
February 25, 2010 2:12 PM
Undergrad students expecting to register for the upcoming summer session will pay a $153 increase from the year before, according to SF State Extended Learning.
SF State Extended Learning sent out an email to students on Feb. 17 notifying them that the 2010 summer session will be offering more than 550 classes through the College of Extended Learning.
The email indicated that summer fees for undergraduates would be $279.50 per unit, $838.50 for three units and $1677 for six units. This is compared to a 10 percent increase for six units from Spring 2010.
"The Chancellor's Office made this decision this year without stating why," Director of Extended Learning Jim Bryan said
The Chancellor's website states that fees listed in published schedules or student accounts may need to be increased when public funding is inadequate. California State University has the right to increase or modify any listed fees without notice, even after the initial fee payments. This happened before in July 2009 when the CSU Board voted to increase fees by 15 percent for the upcoming fall semester.
Each unit is broke down into three things: $194.50 is the State University fee, $80 for self-support services that include computer access for online classes, and $5 for local fees that include health services provided on campus, according to Bryan.
SF students are not strangers to fee increases. They have had to shell out more cash consistently over the past years. In 2005 students spent $1,564 for a full-time schedule. Now they pay $2,370.
"It angers me that they would raise the tuition. I put myself through school and can't keep affording all these increases they seem to do every semester. It's ridiculous," sophomore Justin Greene said.
Fee increases could hit financial aid students particularly hard. The financial aid office is limiting funds for the summer session.
Sophomore Annie Battenway is a financial aid student who wants to attend summer school, but doesn't know if she will be one of the limited financial aid students to receive funds to do so.
"It's hard to plan for summer since I've been told I might have a chance of not receiving financial aid. Everything just keeps getting cut back when fees go up," Battenway said.
Although it will be difficult to pay, some students are seeing the increase as a necessary tradeoff to getting their degrees earlier.
Senior Matt Watts who was only able to get two classes this semester will go to any lengths no matter what the price is to take summer session.
"I need summer school to graduate. I'm willing to pay whatever it takes to get it done. This increase won't hold me back from taking summer session at all," Watts said.
This summer's class schedule will be available on March 4.
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