CSU Board OKs Tuition Increase — Good Only If Prop. 30 Fails

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The California State University Board of Trustees on Wednesday approved a tuition increase for next year — contingent upon voters rejecting a tax hike measure on the November ballot.

Students will get a reprieve, however, if voters approve the Gov. Jerry Brown-backed Proposition 30, which would raise billions of dollars in sales and income taxes and forestall deeper cuts to education.

The trustees, meeting in Long Beach, voted 11 to 3 to approve the plan, with faculty representative Bernadette Cheyne, student representative Jillian Ruddell and state Supt. of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson opposed. The board's finance committee had approved the revenue-raising plan Tuesday.

Failure of Proposition 30 would trigger a $250-million funding cut to the 23-campus system. The 5% tuition hike — equal to $150 per semester — would raise about $58 million in 2012-13, officials said. Beginning in January, annual undergraduate tuition would rise to $6,270, not including school-based fees, books and other costs.

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