There are 450,000 students in the CSU system and all of them are already facing a new 10 percent fee hike and now possibly tack on another 20 percent -- undergraduates, for example, could soon pay almost $5,000 for average yearly fees.
The California State University system is deciding how to deal with a projected $584 million budget shortfall for the coming school year. The university funding at its 23 campuses remains unclear -- as long as the state budget is still not settled. The Cal State board of trustees met in a special session Tuesday to consider its options before fall classes begin.
Here's how it may close the massive budget deficit:
The chancellor warns that if the university's union employees do not agree with a furlough plan, there could be more layoffs. Cal State plans to vote on a budget plan on July 21st. Next week, the UC Board of Regents is also voting on a plan to slash pay and furlough employees to address its own budget problems.