SACRAMENTO -- As fees for California public universities have risen dramatically to offset increased budgetary challenges, The California State University has announced it will start using the word "tuition" instead of "fees" to refer to the educational costs it charges to students. The move essentially ends fifty years of tuition-free public education in California.
Paying fees is nothing new to California students. Fees are commonly assessed to pay for specialized or optional services such as health, housing and recreation. Yet with budgetary problems mounting in recent years, public colleges have extended fees in to the realm of standard educational costs. This recent announcement to begin calling such fees "tuition" is said to be a more honest accounting of what is actually being paid for.
Basic undergraduate fees at the University of California schools now exceed $10,000 annually and exceed $4000 at Cal State schools. Both the University of California and Cal State boards are now deciding which fees will be reworded as "tuition" expenses, all of which coincides with 8% and 10% expected fee increases at the University of California and Cal State, respectively.