(KTSF by Jo Wan)
It’s still winter break at San Jose State University and the campus is very quiet. A few students are taking winter class and one student said she worries about not being able to enroll in the spring classes she wants. She adds, “It’s supposed to finish in four years, but this is my fifth year. I know a lot of people that usually take about 5 or 6 years, pretty much that’s average.” The California State University system with its 23 campuses has been hard with a recent $750 million cut to the system meaning fewer classes. And, there is no new funding in the Governor’s 2012-13 budget making recent budget cuts permanent.
Without any new level of support, the university is seeing the lowest state funding in 15 years. San Jose State University spokesperson Pat Harris says “Since 2008, we have done everything we can to reduce our spending. We have layoffs, fewer classes, reduced enrollment, and we have frozen hiring for the most part. We are at the point where we are relying on one-time reserves to get thought this academic year.”
San Jose State University’s revenue is mainly from state funding and tuition. And some students worry about more increases in tuition, ” When I just enrolled, I remember it being around $2500 a semester. It’s more than double now.”
For the current academic year, the tuition increase raised approximately $300 million, but CSU’s budget had a $750 million cut.
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