It has come to our attention that on November 16th the Board of Trustees will be holding a meeting to review our previous academic year and to assess future plans for the upcoming CSU academic years ranging from policy, safety, and finances. In this meeting you (the members of the CSU Board of Trustees) will be voting on a tuition increase for the 2012/2013 CSU academic year. We the students of the San Jose State University do not support this tuition increase for the 2012/2013 academic year that you intend to vote on. We are tired of the constant tuition and fee increases that have been imposed on the students over the past 10 years. Our tuition has gone from $1,572 during the 2002/2003 academic year to $5,472 for the 2011/2012 academic year. These kinds of costs are a huge burden for many middle to low income families that the CSU was built for to provide an affordable, quality education. Raising tuition fees have clearly not provided a solution at all to solving the CSU education problems. We encourage you to be more open to better solutions to solving our financial problems such as capping executive salaries, finding ways to bring in new revenue such as supporting an oil severance tax that would generate millions for the CSU, and be more open to solutions put forth by the students that make the CSU function. These are very hard times and raising our tuition is a fruitless and feeble solution that has not worked over the past 10 years and has made life for CSU students and their families a struggle. Constantly raising our tuition is taking another step closer to a complete disaster in our society. The students of San Jose State University will not stand anymore for these constant tuition increases and hope that you will make the right decision and stand behind the hundreds of thousands of futures that you were elected to defend.
Students of SJSU against the 2012/2013 tuition fee increases