Chico State: Starving College Student Realities

This next week college classes resume as CSU Chico kicks off the spring semester. Although many students are excited to be returning to school and seeing friends, many are feeling the crunch of budget cuts and dwindling finances. Due to the statewide budget deficit; that is nearing $585 million, classes have been dropped, faculty laid off, furlough days implemented, and tuition and fees have increased by nearly 30 percent. The ‘starving college student’ cliché is even more a reality for somesdsu-rally.jpg students, especially as students are unable to take classes, and thus taking longer to graduate.

Last year the Board of Trustees of the CSU system voted to increase State University Fee’s by 20 percent on top of a $306 increase made in May. This makes tuition a semester $2,668. Also, the state mandated that all state employees, this includes professors, must take two days off a month. Although these cuts do generate money (furloughs: $275 million/year) what is lost is classroom time which students have to pay more to get. What is the solution when funding in the past ten years has dropped 25% while enrollment has gone up 30%?

lawnsit.jpgAlthough the State government is working to create a better educational budget, the current situation for students in college is not the prettiest. With a nationwide economy in the slums and high unemployment rates college students and graduates have to face a bleak reality. Our only hope is that all the extra time and money being put into our education is going to pay off in years to come and we will be able to look back and appreciate memories made while living off mac-n-cheese and cheerios.