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CSU Trustees vote to raise tuition


The California State University Board of Trustees today approved an increase of state tuition by 5 percent effective Spring 2011. The new rate will help the CSU sustain enrollment, classes and services for students.

Sacramento State’s tuition rates for Spring 2011, reflecting the 5 percent increase, are as follows:

  • Undergraduate tuition (for more than 6 units) is $2,220 per semester.
  • Credential program tuition is $2,577 per semester.
  • Post-Baccalaureate tuition is $2,736 per semester.

The existing campus fees of $482 remain unchanged for the Spring 2011 semester, bringing the undergraduate tuition total to $2,702. 

The Board also voted for a 10 percent increase, beginning with the 2011-12 academic year, which will provide the CSU greater financial certainty in the year ahead. The CSU needs to ensure it can provide adequate courses and services to current students, as well as the additional influx coming to the campus in spring. Moreover, given the current economic climate, setting tuition now will allow students and parents to plan for future expenses

Although the CSU saw an increase in state funding for the current fiscal year, much of that restoration was one-time funding. The tuition increase will help to ensure needed revenue for those students admitted under the one-time funding.

The Trustees adopted an initial 5 percent tuition increase in June for 2010/11 after the Assembly proposed to secure funds to buy out the other 5 percent increase assumed in the governor’s budget. The Assembly’s revenue proposal was dropped from the final budget, and the level of support from the state—while higher than last year—is still at approximately 2005-06 levels, and the system is serving more students now than it was then.

In spite of the tuition increases, the California State University continues to be one of the lowest-costing public university systems in the country.

Sacramento State has significantly reduced spending in response to state cuts through hiring freezes, furloughs and reductions in operating expenses.

For more information, visit Sacramento State’s Budget Central website at For media assistance, contact Sacramento State’s Public Affairs office at (916) 278-6156.