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Gov. Brown’s new budget brings possible fee hike

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Many students were not surprised with Gov. Jerry Brown’s recently released proposed budget plan calling for a $10 increase per unit for all community colleges.

Currently the cost of attending a community college in California is $26 per unit. According to the budget plan, that extra $10 per unit will bring in an additional $110 million to help the state with its financial crisis.

“The sad thing is that the students will not see any of that money,” said Susie Williams, spokeswoman for Los Rios Community College District.

“We don’t like to see any type of fee increases. But if there has to be, we want the money going back to the students somehow,” said Williams, “and that just won’t happen with this plan.”

Carlos Washington, sociology major at City College, feels his education is important enough to make some financial sacrifices.

“You gotta do what you gotta do,” said Washington, a first-semester student. “I know that my education will pay off in the long run.”

Rhonda Rivera takes a sign language class at City College. She was unaware of the possible fee hike, but she said it wouldn’t let it deter her from her goal.

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According to the Office of the Chancellor of California Community College’s website, 20,710 students at City College receive the Board of Governors (BOG) fee waiver, a little more than half of the 40,307 students enrolled.

Not Ash Garcia, a business major in her third semester at City College, who pays for every unit. She said she has gotten this far in life and remained debt free. With a fee increase, she might have to put some of the extra cost on a credit card, and that’s fine with her.

“No amount of money would keep me from going to school,” said Garcia, who said she will be transferring
to Sacramento State after this semester.

All higher education systems in California are being affected by the crisis. The governor’s proposed budget
calls for a cut of $500 million each from both UCs and CSUs, and a $400 million cut to the community college system. That amounts to a loss of $1.4 billion for California colleges.

“With both of the cuts and increases,” said Williams, “it’s like we are getting hit with a double whammy.”

To see Gov. Jerry Brown’s complete Budget Plan, click here.

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