City Collegeof San Francisco will shut out thousands of students from summer school this year by delaying its start two weeks and accepting less than half the usual enrollment, all to save $500,000.
The biggest losers will be California State University students, who often take summer classes at community college to graduate on time from CSU. With City College enrolling just 40 percent of the usual summer crowd, CSU students will be last on the priority list and may not get into any class at all.
"This will be a big financial problem for a lot of CSU students," said Mayette Delos Santos, a marketing major at San Francisco State University who needs to re-take an accounting class this summer to graduate by 2013.
She lives in the East Bay and will take the course in Oakland or Alameda. But she is among many students who depend on community college to keep from having to spend an extra year at CSU, where tuition and fees will cost $7,017 next fall.