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TL;DR: Rising Tuition Costs in the California State University System

Below is a TL;DR of the article Tuition hikes at 23 public California colleges make students question: ‘Is it even worth it?’ published by The Guardian on October 11th, 2023

Key Points:

  • California State University (CSU), one of the nation’s largest public university systems, raised tuition for the first time in 11 years to address a $1.5 billion budget deficit and declining enrollment.
  • The 6% increase ($342 for first-year students) sparked concerns about affordability, especially for low-income, Black, and Latino students who already graduate with higher debt than white and Asian peers.
  • The total cost of attending CSU is expected to reach $8,000-$9,000 by 2028, despite 60% of students receiving financial aid and grants.
  • Critics argue the hike could worsen educational inequality and deter potential students, especially those from disadvantaged backgrounds.

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  • The article explores the personal stories of several students struggling with the cost of education, but this summary focuses on the data and overall implications.
  • The tuition hike is part of a wider trend of rising college costs in the US, putting a strain on students and families.
  • Some advocate for systemic changes to address educational equity and improve affordability, such as increased state funding and debt-free college initiatives.


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